Is Your Infant Secretly Suffering from Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

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How can you tell if your infant is secretly suffering from baby bottle tooth decay? Baby bottle tooth decay is a common oral health disorder in infants that is the result of dental erosion. Baby bottle tooth decay is often caused by drinks put into baby bottles that are extra sugary and harmful to teeth.

Listed below are a few tips 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 introduce new bacteria to their mouth.

– By the time your child is roughly 6 months old, their first teeth will begin to erupt 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.

– When using toothpaste for your young child’s teeth, use a dab 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.

– Baby bottle tooth decay is most commonly 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 intended to get the child to use the product, such as honey.

If you are ready to take the next step to achieve a glorious smile for your child, set an appointment with Bradley L. Dyer DDS PC at our pediatric office in Sevierville, Tennessee. We can easily be reached at 865-453-2731. Dr. Bradley Dyer and the rest of our team look forward to taking your child’s smile into the future with optimum oral health care!