Tooth decay in infants and very young children is often referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. It is caused by long term exposure to sweetened liquids, milk, formula, fruit juice, sodas, etc. The sugar cling to the infant’s teeth and gums that feed the bacteria causing decay. This decay majorly happens in the upper front teeth; however, other teeth may also be affected.
HOW IS BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis done by a pediatrician or a dentist is through a rigorous physical exam and details of diet. The doctor will also require details of the care taken for the dental hygiene done by the parents of the child.
HOW IS BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY TREATED?
Although, the teeth are milk teeth and it may not be too serious, but in many cases, tooth decay may lead to other infections that are painful and severe for the child. A proper dental care routine taken by parents can help the child’s teeth. Reducing the sugar level in the liquids given to the child will be helpful.
DID YOU KNOW?
Clean the bottle properly by immersing in hot water and do not fill them with sugary drinks.