In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienist:
Talk about Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. How to prevent it. Why it’s dangerous.
Christine: Baby Bottle decay is a serious condition that occurs mostly on the upper front teeth of a young child who has prolonged exposure to milk or juice in a bottle (many times while they are sleeping). This can cause excessive painful decay which can affect chewing and proper eating. The baby teeth are also important for space and positioning of the adult teeth. To prevent this, never let a child sleep or have constant access to sugary drinks (milk, juice, soda). Use water in the bottle instead. Start brushing young children’s teeth as soon as they erupt. On infants use a small wash cloth to clean the gums.