Your child’s baby bottle may be causing dental damage. Oftentimes, parents put highly sugary foods into baby bottles in order to encourage the children to drink but sugars can be turned into harmful acids in their mouth and begin to destroy their teeth in a process known as baby bottle tooth decay.
Listed below are a few pieces of advice regarding baby bottle tooth decay:
– If you share any utensils, cleaning products, bottles, or other objects from your mouth to your infant’s, contamination will occur, which will result in new bacteria in their mouth.
– By the time your child is roughly 6 months old, their first teeth will begin to present themselves above the gumline and appear in their mouth for the first time, at which time they must be cleaned and cared for daily to ensure decay does not occur.
– Baby bottle tooth decay is typically caused by sugary drinks, such as sugar water, sports drinks, juices, soda, and flavored water, which are given to children in their baby bottles, as it can erode their tooth enamel and can pool in their mouths while they sleep.
– Baby bottle tooth decay can be caused by flavoring or coating the lid to a bottle or a pacifier with a sugary substance designed to get the child to use the product, such as honey.
– When using toothpaste for your young child’s teeth, use a spot about the size of a rice grain, and make sure it is fluoride free and approved by your dentist or features the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
Dr. Samuel Lambrecht and our team at Orangeburg Dental Associates will help your child with their oral health care in any way we can. If you would like to schedule a visit to our pediatric office in Orangeburg, South Carolina, please call us at 803-534-1020. We look forward to hearing from you soon!