Baby bottle tooth decay refers to tooth decay in infants and young children. Often, tooth decay in children is caused by sugars and sugary products. When in bottle form, the liquids can seep out into a child’s mouth for an extended period of time.
Is your child susceptible to baby bottle tooth decay? If so, take the steps necessary to ensure their oral health can shine into adulthood.
The first step you want to take is to avoid any unnecessary contamination between you and your child. This means you need to make sure you do not share food utensils or pacifiers or any other product between you and your child. If any item is to be inserted into their mouth, make sure it is clean.
When a child reaches approximately six months of age, their first tooth will begin to erupt in their mouth. This occurs when the tooth breaks the surface of the gums. At this point, it is exposed to the elements and must be cared for. Use a toothpaste that is easy on their gums and has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. You do not need to use a big dab, so use an amount about the size of a grain of rice.
The biggest danger to your child’s oral health comes in the form of sugar. Try to keep your child away from sugary drinks such as soda, juice, and sugar water. Instead use formula, milk, or breast milk in bottles. Never let the child fall asleep with a bottle in their mouth.
If you would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Christine Hervas at our pediatric office in Luling, Texas, please call us at 830.351.6202. Our team at Crossroads Dental looks forward to keeping your child’s oral health in pristine condition.