Preventing Baby Bottle Decay

Preventing tooth decay is a lifelong process that begins as your baby’s first teeth erupt. Even baby teeth can experience tooth decay. In fact, these primary teeth are more vulnerable to damage from sugar. Primary teeth have new enamel that isn’t as tough as an adult’s tooth enamel. So, preventing baby bottle tooth decay is a must.

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What is Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay, or cavities, occurs when the outer tooth enamel breaks down. Cavities are like tiny holes in enamel that let in bacteria from plaque. They represent the first stage of tooth decay, so we recommend placing fillings to prevent the cavity from growing. 

When cavities occur, fillings are necessary, no matter the patient’s age. Filling cavities in baby teeth might be the most critical thing you can do to prevent dental problems later in life. However, the goal is to avoid tooth decay to ensure your child doesn’t have to undergo a dental procedure early in life.

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Four Stages of Tooth Decay

The four stages of tooth decay are demineralization, pulp damage, discoloration, and tooth loss. Along with being painful, cavities in primary teeth can worsen quickly. If the primary tooth starts damaging the pulp, your child may need to have the tooth removed. Removing the tooth ensures that your child’s secondary (permanent) teeth do not decay inside the gums. After removing a tooth, your child may need spacers or appliances to keep the resulting socket clear for the new tooth.

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What is Baby Bottle Decay?

Tooth decay in babies and toddlers is often called baby bottle decay. This type of decay typically occurs when the baby has too much exposure to sugar, often through fluids delivered through a bottle. Typically, the front upper and lower teeth are affected, but decay can also occur throughout the mouth.

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Strategies for Preventing Baby Bottle Decay

Baby bottle tooth decay is often preventable if you treat your baby teeth as permanent. The biggest culprit is sugar, so brushing your baby’s teeth is essential. With regular cleaning, your baby can avoid tooth decay. Here are other strategies, along with gentle brushing, to prevent baby bottle tooth decay:

  • Don’t prop a bottle up so you can have free hands.
  • Use a washcloth to clean your baby’s gums after every feeding. You want to keep any plaque away from new teeth coming in.
  • Stay away from sugary drinks like soft drinks or sweetened juice. If you must use juice, dilute it with water.
  • Don’t dip a pacifier in sugar or honey.
  • Make sure your baby drinks fluoridated water beginning at 6 months old.
  • Establish a teeth care routine that your baby feels comfortable with.

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Protect Your Child from Baby Bottle Decay

Start teaching good oral hygiene when your baby’s first teeth erupt. Your child will thank you later. Our team at ICTeeth and Smile Safari cares about your baby’s teeth. If you’re concerned about baby bottle tooth decay, make an appointment today to talk to one of our exceptional pediatric dentists. We’re here to help!

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