Prevent baby bottle tooth decay from ruining your children’s smile

Tooth decay can affect people at any age and young children are no exception. Babies, in particular, are very vulnerable to tooth decay especially if they use a baby bottle. The problem is very extensive, but can be easily prevented with dental education and some simple tips.

At Healthy Smile Centre, we let our patients know that dental care is really important from the very beginning and for this reason we educate them on how to take good care of their children’s teeth and gums. Babies are equally prone to cavities if their teeth are not cleaned properly and they continue harbouring harmful habits (i.e. sleeping with a bottle of milk or juice). Our dentist in Alexandria will help you realise that oral health for your children does not start when they already have a mouthful of teeth.

What is baby bottle tooth decay?

Baby bottle tooth decay refers to cavities and tooth decay in children under the age of 5. The condition gets its name from the harmful practice of putting babies to sleep with a bottle of milk. As they fall asleep, small pools of milk collect around the teeth and gums creating acids that eventually turn into cavities.

Is milk the only offender?

Milk is not the only reason why children under 5 get baby bottle tooth decay. The same can happen with juice or other sugary drinks. More surprisingly, baby bottle tooth decay can also occur if you share utensils with your child or clean their pacifiers in your mouth before you hand them to them. In any case, if you are unsure about what you need to do or don’t do, talk to our dentist in Alexandria.

But baby teeth are not permanent

There is a misconception that because baby teeth are not permanent, any changes occurring to them – even tooth decay – will not matter once children develop their adult teeth. However, our permanent teeth are present in the jawbone already from a very young age and baby teeth act as guides for their proper development. As such, the premature loss of baby teeth is not a desirable outcome. To learn more, contact your dentist in Alexandria.