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What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay & Does Bottle Rot Affect Permanent Teeth?

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Do you know about “baby bottle tooth decay”? Baby bottle tooth decay is a term that pediatric dentists use to describe decay that develops on baby teeth even as they are erupting. Baby bottle tooth decay is the result of young toddlers that are beginning to develop teeth and are often put to bed with a bottle, sippy cup or pacifier. Even when given milk, tooth decay will occur. Bacteria is always present in the mouth. Therefore you should never fuel the bacteria by giving a child milk or juice as they go to bed. Even pacifiers can contain remnants of sugar from earlier in the day. It is always best to never put your child to sleep using a bottle, sippy cups or pacifier. Smile Reef would like to share more about baby bottle tooth decay and why parents need to be aware and help combat this common problem.

Does Bottle Rot Affect Permanent Teeth?

Many babies will sleep better when they have a bottle, sippy cup or pacifier to suck on. For many babies it is relaxing and natural to have something in their mouth as they fall asleep. Many parents give in to their baby’s desires and let them have their little comforts. However, that is a major mistake. In the minds of many parents, “what is the big deal if their baby teeth get a few cavities, they will lose them anyway.” As baby teeth will eventually fall out, what will the baby chew with? Babies with severe baby bottle tooth decay will not just have a hard time chewing food without pain, but they can have speech problems as well. Teeth help form words and sounds. When the teeth are decayed they can have speech problems. The issues with baby bottle tooth decay do not stop there. Decayed teeth can have major impact on the developing adult teeth. If babies lose their baby teeth too early due to severe decay, adult teeth can erupt tilted or drift into the empty space. The drifting teeth can crowd the other adult teeth, leading to major crowding and or blocking the other adult teeth from erupting.

How Do I Know if My Baby has Tooth Decay?

As a parent it is important to monitor your baby’s teeth. It is easier to treat and prevent baby bottle tooth decay. It is important to know early signs of tooth decay, so you can seek professional treatments and correct the cause of the decay. An early sign of tooth decay is when there is a super white spot on the teeth. Once the teeth develop brown or black spots, this is advanced tooth decay and the child requires dentist treatment to help preserve the teeth until the adult teeth are ready to fall out.

How Do You Prevent Bottle Tooth Decay?

To help prevent baby bottle tooth decay there are a few steps you can take, starting with night time habits. If possible try not to put your child asleep with a bottle, sippy cup or pacifier. If you do, try using water. In the beginning it is okay to use bottle or breast milk and once teeth begin to develop try to transfer to water. Avoid sweet drinks such as juice and soda. If you do give your child a pacifier, make sure you clean it off thoroughly before giving it to the child. Even though the baby may not have teeth, you should still clean the baby’s gums before bed time. Use a clean gauze pad and gently wipe the baby’s gum to remove any sugar. As soon as teeth begin to develop make sure to brush and floss them. Once your baby is one year old, begin taking them to a dentist. Make sure to help brush your child’s teeth until they are at least eight years old.

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It is important to prevent baby bottle tooth decay and give your child a healthy smile. For quality pediatric dental services, make an appointment with Smile Reef today.

Common Causes of Child Toothache & Pain; Cavities, Teeth Eruption, Chipped Tooth & More

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When it comes to kids healthcare there are many aspects you have to think about. Of course you want them to be growing and developing at a normal rate but you also want them to not have to suffer as well. There is no way to avoid all pain and trouble that your child may have to go through. One area of your child’s health that you want to make sure you are aware of and on top of is their oral health. Your child will go through many stages when it comes to their oral health from getting baby teeth to losing them and gaining their adult teeth. They also will have to see the dentist on a regular basis just like everyone else. One part of the child’s oral health is that they will potentially have a toothache or something that causes some pain in their mouth. Smile Reef outlines what might cause a toothache in your child’s mouth.

Cavity in Toddlers

You want to make sure you do what you can to protect your child’s teeth and mouth. This is the best thing you can do to avoid any type of pain but that does not mean that it will not still happen. One of the most common reasons a child is brought to the dentist with tooth pain is due to a cavity. The cavity is when the tooth has been damaged and the bacteria is eating away the tooth’s enamel. The cavity will often start to create pain in the child’s mouth when it has started to get larger and potentially hit the nerve. The pain is something that can cause trouble for the child and make it hard for them to function. You want to make sure you have the teeth checked regularly to avoid pain but if it happens you need to see the dentist right away. If you allow the cavity to get out of hand it could lead to tooth removal.

Baby & Permanent Teeth Eruption

You may not realize it but your baby is not the only one that is getting new teeth and going through the pain of teething. Kids over time will continue to gain teeth such as their molars. They also will lose the baby teeth and then the adult teeth have to come in. This can many times lead to pain at that might feel a lot like a toothache. The pain is something that can sometimes last a few days and usually will subside all on its own. You want to talk to the dentist about ways to reduce the pain of teething.

Chipped Tooth

Kids seem to be very active and can be found running around playing sports, riding bikes and more. These are all the kinds of activities that can lead to a chipped or broken tooth. The tooth can be chipped and start to cause some pain that you want to make sure you have looked at. The child may not even realize that they damaged a tooth.

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