Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by the frequent and long-term exposure of a child's teeth to liquids containing sugars. Among these"> Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by the frequent and long-term exposure of a child's teeth to liquids containing sugars. Among these"/>
Portland Indian Community - PortlandIndian.com
| | |
 


 

Baby bottle tooth decay

Health & Lifestyle
Author : Dr. Harchand Singh DDS

Share With Your Friends

Add To My Favorite
Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by the frequent and long-term exposure of a child's teeth to liquids containing sugars. Among these liquids are milk, formula, fruit juice, sodas, and other sweetened drinks. The sugars in these liquids pool around the infant's teeth and gums, feeding the bacteria that cause plaque. Every time a child consumes a sugary liquid, acid attacks the teeth and gums. After numerous attacks, tooth decay can begin.

The condition also is associated with breast-fed infants who have prolonged feeding habits or with children whose pacifiers are frequently dipped in honey, sugar or syrup. The sweet fluids left in the mouth increases the chances of cavities while the infant is sleeping.


How can I prevent baby bottle tooth decay?


Never allow children to fall asleep with a bottle containing milk, formula, juice or other sweetened liquids. Clean and massage the baby's gums to help establish healthy teeth and to aid in teething. Wrap a moistened gauze square or washcloth around the finger and gently massage the gums and gingival tissues. This should be done once a day.


Plaque removal activities should begin upon eruption of the first baby tooth. When brushing a child's teeth, use a soft toothbrush and a pea-shaped amount of fluoride toothpaste. Parents should first bring their child to the dentist when the child is between six and 12 months old.


Will changes in my child's diet help prevent baby bottle tooth decay?


Preventing baby bottle tooth decay involves changes in child's diet. A series of small changes over a period of time is usually easier, and eventually leads to better oral health.


To incorporate these changes:



  • Gradually dilute the bottle contents with water over a period of 2-3 weeks.

  • Once that period is over, if you give a child a clean pacifier recommended by a dentist. The only safe liquid to put in a bottle to prevent baby bottle tooth decay is water.

  • Decrease consumption of sugar, especially between meals.

  • Children should be weaned from the bottle as soon as they can drink from a cup, but the bottle should not be taken away too soon, since the sucking motion aids in the development of facial muscles, as well as the tongue.




Why should I be worried about baby bottle tooth decay?


Giving an infant a sugary drink at nap or nighttime is harmful because during sleep, the flow of saliva decreases, allowing the sugary liquids to linger on the child's teeth for an extended period of time. If left untreated, pain and infection can result. Severely decayed teeth may need to be extracted.


If teeth are infected or lost too early due to baby bottle tooth decay, your child may develop poor eating habits, speech problems, crooked teeth, and damaged adult teeth. Healthy baby teeth will usually result in healthy permanent teeth.


About Author
Dr. Singh uses the latest advances in cosmetic dentistry to reshape natural teeth and give people the gorgeous smile they've always wanted. He began his career in 1985 and got fellowship from Academy of General Dentistry in 1993- FAGD. The Academy of General Dentistry is an organization of general dentists dedicated to continuing education and reliable consumer information. He also did Mastership in General Dentistry in 2001. Today he is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to all of his patients.

Website: www.drharchandsinghdds.com

 

Disclaimer: Please use this channel at your own discretion. These articles are contributed by our users. We are not responsible or liable for any problems related to the utilization of information of these articles.

 

View All Contributions

My Business:
Tukwila Dental Center
Tukwila

Post an Article
Notify Me of New Articles

Become A Featured Contributor
Add Your Blog | Add Recipe | Add Article

More Article by Dr. Harchand Singh DDS

Gum Disease
Tooth decay: a preventable disease
Sensitive teeth
Root Canal Therapy
Pregnancy and Oral Health
View All Articles

Featured Contributors


Christine Dunbar

Vasudha Sharma

Aayushi Manish
Aayushi Manish

Praveen Nair

Dilip Saraf

Shruti Sadolkar
Shruti Sadolkar

Rima Arora

Vivek Wadhwa

Anu Peshawaria
Anu Peshawaria

Latest Articles

The poverty is a symbol of backward society and country by Md Rajiulah
Winter activities at Whistler, British Columbia by Sunitha
Hiking at Rattlesnake Ridge, Washington by Sunitha
Skiing at Mt. Baker by Sunitha
Hiking at Twin Falls by Sunitha
View All Articles

Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors.
Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker.