Baby bottle tooth decay is a term used when infants and children experience tooth decay. This usually happens in the front teeth due to too many sugars found in formula or snacks and juices.
It can also affect other teeth, but most commonly the upper front ones.
If your baby often has drinks that contain high quantities of sugar, this can facilitate bacteria to grow in their mouth leading to cavities growth.
Mothers tend to clean the pacifier, the bottle, or the spoon they feed their baby with by using their mouth. This way, the mother passes the bacteria in her mouth to her baby. In this case, the bacteria is transferred through saliva.
If the baby does not receive enough fluoride to protect their teeth, it can also cause tooth decay and cavities.
Here are some tips you or another caretaker can keep in mind to prevent baby bottle tooth cavities from occurring. Prevention tips include:
Good oral health starts early at home but having a pediatric dentist assist you in creating healthy habits is just as important. The dentist can teach you how to properly care for your baby's teeth and perform routine cleanings that will eliminate all bacteria effectively.
At Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry in Clear Lake, Dr. Jason Brock provides preventive care and a variety of treatment options for children.
We are also specially trained to see special needs patients. We pride ourselves on providing preventive solutions and best-suited treatments for all our young patients.
We offer high-quality services adapted to each of our patient's needs, personal situations, and lifestyles.
Contact us by calling our Clear Lake office at (281) 461-7470 today. Dr. Jason Brock would be happy to help you keep your baby’s smile healthy.
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