Tooth decay in infants and very young children is often referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. It happens when sweetened liquids or those with natural sugars cling to an infant’s teeth for long time. White spots on the tooth's surface are the early symptoms. Severity symptoms are: 1. Brown or black spots on the teeth 2. Bleeding or swollen gums 3. Fever, swelling or irritability, which could indicate infection 4. Bad Breath
HOW IS BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY DIAGNOSED?
It is diagnosed by a dentist by physical examination of the teeth
HOW IS BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY TREATED?
At early stages, fluoride treatment or placing fluoride varnish can be used to remineralize the teeth. At this stage a change in the baby's diet should include: 1. Limiting acidic foods 2. Limiting juices, especially citrus juices 3. Substituting water for juice, formula or milk in the child's bottle
DID YOU KNOW?
Best approach to baby bottle tooth decay is prevention.