While baby teeth are temporary if these teeth become infected or are lost to decay there can be long-term consequences including speech problems, poor eating habits, crooked and/or damaged adult teeth. The upper front teeth generally are the ones most at risk, though decay can affect all the teeth. Baby bottle tooth decay occurs when sweetened liquids, even those liquids which contain natural sugars such as fruit juice and some formulas, are allowed to stay on the teeth. Cavity causing bacteria thrive on this sugar and create acid which in turn attacks the teeth. Keep baby bottle tooth decay from occurring with these easy and simple tips.
- Never give your child soft drinks, sweetened tea or full strength fruit juices in a bottle.
- Don’t allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle containing anything except water.
- Get your child interested in using a sippy cup by giving them fruit juices cut in half with water.
- When it comes to dietary choices always look for ways to reduce sugar in your child’s diet.
- After starting baby food gently wipe their gums with a warm moist washcloth or piece of gauze after every feeding.
- As soon as that first tooth comes in brush with a soft toothbrush and no toothpaste. Remember to continue cleaning the surrounding gums until the remaining teeth push through.
- Only begin to floss after all the teeth have come in and you’ve been show the proper technique by your dental hygienist.
- Talk to your dentist to ensure your child is getting the proper amount of fluoride.
- Begin scheduling regular dental checkups beginning on your child’s first birthday.
To schedule an appointment for your baby or toddler, please call Ellis Dental today at 314.965.1334.