Your child’s teeth are very important. Many parents do not realize this since they are only “baby teeth”, however they are still susceptible to cavities. Tooth decay in infants and toddlers is common and is referred to as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay or Early Childhood Caries.
Children need strong, healthy teeth in order to chew their food, speak, and have a wonderful smile. Ensuring that their first set of teeth are healthy will also help their permanent teeth to come in correctly. This is why it is so important for infants to start off with good oral care.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay typically affects the upper front teeth, however many other teeth can be affected. One of the reasons why babies have this issue is because they tend to drink liquids that contain sugar at bedtime.
Tooth decay begins with cavity-causing bacteria that is passed from the mother to the infant. These bacteria are passed through the saliva. If your infant is not receiving an adequate amount of fluoride, they may be at risk for tooth decay. The good news is that this is preventable.
Treatment for Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is very similar to when an adult has tooth decay. Depending on the severity, we can place a stainless steel crown. In severe cases, teeth may need to be extracted. This is usually only necessary if the tooth is infected or has extensive decay that cannot be restored.
Once your child’s first tooth appears, it is important to schedule their first appointment, where we will get you on the right track to a healthy mouth for life. Our entire staff is dedicated to making sure your child feels safe and comfortable. We provide a calming environment for a positive experience.
If you have any questions regarding Baby Bottle Tooth Decay or would like to schedule an appointment for your child, contact us today at (760) 346-1414.