Caring for a Child with Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

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Have you ever wondered: if baby teeth fall out anyway, does it matter how we treat them? And since they fall out, do they really impact a child’s overall oral health? The answers are probably less obvious than you might believe. Find out a small bit more about baby teeth, a condition referred to as baby bottle tooth decay and what you can expect from your child’s progressing teeth below.
Baby teeth normally begin to erupt starting at around three to nine months of age. This period, called teething, can be very uncomfortable for the baby, and they’ll usually tell you about it. If you sense an increase in fussiness or irritability in your child starting at somewhere around six months, they’re probably starting to teethe. Additional signs of teething include a loss of appetite and drooling.
Pacifiers, which are aptly named, can be used to help your child teeth more comfortably. However, don’t make the slip-up of licking the pacifier or coating it in a sugary material before giving it to the baby: doing so may end up developing baby bottle tooth decay, a disease characterized by cavities and oral break down in children less than 6 years old.
To help your child remain content while upholding their oral health, treat their teeth and gums with a dental pad after they feed. This will help to avert the development of baby bottle tooth decay and keep their teeth and gums cleaner. Furthermore, you should take your child to our office for a professional examination before their first birthday.
For a visit in Katy, Texas, reach out to Dr. Sula Umansky and the Advantage Dentists staff at 281-829-5000 now.