What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

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If you don’t take care of your baby’s teeth while they still have some, you could end up spending a lot more time in our office when your child is a teenager. Baby teeth, while temporary, are critical to the overall oral health of a child, and they set the foundation for good hygiene in adulthood. Here are a few bits of data you should know regarding baby bottle tooth decay, the leading cause of oral erode in children under the age of 6.

The teeth most commonly impacted by Baby bottle tooth decay are the upper incisors, so keep an extra close watch on these teeth to monitor how your child’s oral health is progressing; but tooth erosion can occur in any of the teeth, so watch the others as well.

The most normal cause of teeth wear down is an excess ingestion of sugar, so try to fill your child’s meals with healthy vegetables and whole grains rather than sugary foods like juice boxes and candies. If your child does consume something sugary, make sure they drink some water with it and don’t forget to brush their teeth.

Finally, it’s imperative to take your child to our office for visits every half of a year. Even if your child is young, their teeth are still at risk to suffer tooth wear down diseases, including baby bottle tooth decay. Ensure you bring your child in for an appointment by their first birthday or six months after their first tooth shows through the gumline.

The Theriot Family Dental Care team in Lafayette, Louisiana, and Dr. John Theriot can aid you. Phone them at 337-984-3408 to plan your next appointment.