Oral Hygiene Topic: Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

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Are you aware of how to prevent tooth decay in young children? Even though tooth decay can be caused by a myriad of factors, one of the most common forms is called baby bottle tooth decay. Baby bottle tooth decay is often caused by the relentless exposure to harmful substances in a child’s drink, and their mouth’s prolonged exposure to them.

Some unsafe fluids for your child include sugar water, sports drinks, energy drinks, soda, and juice. These products are high in sugar and capable of transforming into harmful acids that will eat through their precious tooth enamel and damage their teeth. Never give these substances to an infant and make sure they do not sleep with a bottle in their mouth, as the liquid from the drink can pool in their mouths and greatly increase their risk for tooth decay.

Shielding your young child’s teeth should be done as soon as the first tooth erupts around the age of 6. When the tooth appears in view, bacteria can harm it, so it must be protected. When brushing your infant’s teeth, use a small covering of toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice. Make sure the toothpaste is safe for infants by consulting your dentist. Also, brush in gentle motions with soft bristles so you do not damage your child’s teeth or gums.

If you would like to speak with Dr. Clifford Morton and our team about baby bottle tooth decay, please schedule an appointment at our dentist office of Morton Aesthetic and Implant Dentistry in Marietta, Georgia, by calling 770-973-0141. We look forward to hearing from you.