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What Causes Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?


Posted on 11/7/2022 by Dr. Dani Stansell
What Causes Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?Even though the baby's teeth are temporary, it is vital to practice good oral hygiene. The baby's teeth are susceptible to cavities, which can cause pain and sensitivity to certain foods. When decay occurs in early childhood, it is referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. Remember, your child needs healthy teeth to eat, speak, and look good when they smile. Their first teeth will also determine how they will look in their adulthood. In this case, good oral care should be a priority for your baby. Continue reading and learn more about baby bottle tooth decay.

Causes of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay


Baby bottle tooth decay is the deterioration of a child's teeth enamel due to frequent and prolonged exposure to drinks that contain sugar. When the bacteria in the mouth break these sugars, they produce acid, which destroys the teeth. The decay mostly occurs in the front teeth (incisors). However, some children may experience tooth decay on other teeth.

Tooth decay can also be passed from the caregiver to the baby. When you put the baby's feeding spoon in your mouth, you can pass bacteria through saliva. Fortunately, you can prevent baby bottle tooth decay by implementing certain tips.

How to Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay


The first step to preventing baby bottle tooth decay is practicing good oral hygiene for your baby. Before your baby's teeth erupt, you can clean their mouth by gently wiping their gums with a clean cloth. When the teeth erupt, be sure to use a soft baby toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day. Another way to prevent tooth decay in babies is by teaching them to drink from a regular cup. Putting your child to bed with a bottle in their mouth is a major cause of tooth decay.

A bottle causes the liquid to collect around the front teeth, thus, increasing the risk of tooth decay. However, with a regular cup, it is less likely to take the baby to bed while drinking. Are you concerned about your baby's oral hygiene? Our dentist will attend to all your baby's oral needs. Besides, they will advise you on how to prevent tooth decay in your child.

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