When a baby’s teeth are exposed to too much of sugar in the form of sweet drinks and food, the sugary substance can stick to the teeth and cause baby bottle tooth decay. This can lead to infection and if the baby loses teeth due to this infection, it can even cause speech and eating problems later in life.
HOW IS BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY DIAGNOSED?
Early tooth decay can be diagnosed by paediatrics after careful inspection. In later stage, baby bottle tooth decay is also identified by pain, infection, crooked teeth, rotten teeth, etc.
HOW IS BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY TREATED?
The condition is treated by a dentist depending on severity of the condition. The following are some key steps to avoid/treat tooth decay: 1) Avoid giving sugary drink to child at nap time as slow flow of saliva increases the chance of infection. 2) Wipe child’s gums after feeding 3) Don't give your child a pacifier dipped in anything sweet 4) After the first year, a child should get regular dental check-ups.
DID YOU KNOW?
Clean the bottle properly by immersing in hot water and do not fill them with sugary drinks.