Contrary to a widely held belief, taking care of a baby’s milk teeth is very important. Tooth decay is a very common occurrence in babies, and is also known as baby bottle tooth decay. As the name suggests, the major cause of such tooth decay is the use of baby bottles. If a baby gets caries or worse, loses his or her teeth, the remaining teeth can leave little room for adult teeth to grow out. Otherwise, tooth decay can be quite painful for babies, and can even get infected if not treated in a timely manner.
Teeth decay is a result of prolonged contact of food particles or liquid with teeth. It is worse, if the food or liquid in question is sweet. You may ask, where does a baby bottle fit in? Often, parents use baby bottles to give milk, and items, such as juice, soda, or liquid food. Babies usually fall asleep with the bottle still in their mouths. As a result, there is an increased level of contact, with the food or liquid in question, and this lets bacteria enter the mouth, create plaque and causes caries. Detecting tooth decay in babies is quite difficult, special equipment is needed to detect these patches, because they are usually not visible to the naked eye.
Fortunately, baby bottle tooth decay can be avoided with some vigilance and preventive care. From birth, till your baby’s first birthday, make sure you clean the gums with a gentle, wet washcloth. When the teeth appear, use a soft-bristle brush with a grain of fluoride toothpaste to keep the milk teeth healthy. Never let your child go to bed or simply linger around with a bottle in his or her mouth. Consult the local authorities to find out if your tap water contains fluoride. If it does, make sure your child drinks a lot of water, as the fluoride will protect the baby’s teeth. Help your child get used to of drinking from a cup or a glass as soon as you can, so as to avoid the continued use of a baby bottle beyond twelve months. Avoid feeding your child sugary drinks with a baby bottle. Use a bottle with a spoon attached, or simply use a cup. Finally, it is very important to take your child to the dentist for a checkup, once the milk teeth have appeared. For more information on the wide range of best available dental services at Comprehensive Dental Care Queanbeyan Canberra, please contact our friendly team at (02) 6297 1303