Can Baby Teeth Get Cavities?
It surprises most people to learn that baby teeth can get cavities. Even worse, most people are unaware of the fact that dental issues at this young age can affect a child’s dental health for the rest of their life, as well as their speech development and ability to transition to solid foods.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Infant tooth decay is generally termed as “Baby Bottle Tooth Decay” and results from formula, juice and other drinks containing sugars being allowed to linger in the mouth. While using a sippy cup or during a normal bottle feeding, liquids pass through the mouth too quickly to cause much harm. When allowed to linger, the sugars are converted to acids by naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth. It is these acids that cause damage.
Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
To give your child a healthy start on life, limit their time with a bottle. Give them normal feedings, but don’t let them linger with a bottle, especially at bedtime. Use a pacifier to soothe them instead. Avoid giving your child soda juice or sugar water in a bottle; teach them to use a sippy cup as early as possible. Another great tip is to give them water to drink before bedtime to help rinse their mouths.
At Carolina Smiles Dentistry, we know how to care for small infant teeth and permanent teeth. We recommend children make their first dental appointment shortly after their first birthday. To make an appointment, contact us today at 919-620-6700. We know how to make your child smile!