sugar and baby teeth                   Baby teeth, also known as Primary teeth, play a large role in developing the jaw and face of children. Cavities and tooth decay in baby teeth can be a serious problem that will affect the health of future teeth and could also lead to infection, painful symptoms and slurred speech.  If a cavity develops in a baby tooth it will of course fall out, but it could potentially affect the permanent teething coming in.


Sugar is one of the main causes of cavities in baby teeth. Try to avoid giving your baby sugary snacks or drinks, especially between meals. Juice can easily create cavities if babies have juice too often and it sits on their teeth for hours before brushing. It is also good to avoid putting your baby to bed with a bottle.  The natural sugar found in milk and juice will turn to acid and attack baby teeth while they sleep. Pediatric dentists also recommend that you avoiding giving your baby juice before six months of age.


Most baby teeth that have cavities can be removed, but in some cases filling the cavity is the best option to avoid pain and other complications. If a primary teeth is removed too early, it could cause spacing problems for permanent teeth in the future. If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your child’s teeth doesn’t hesitate to contact Smile Reef today or schedule an appointment with Dr. Jensen. Dr. Jensen can answer any questions or concerns and ensure that your child’s teeth and gums are healthy.