Often we hear more about tooth decay damaging permanent teeth. However, did you know that infants can experience tooth decay between birth and seventy-one months of age?
If you are not aware of how Baby-Bottle Tooth Decay attacks baby teeth, here are three things that you need to know….
What is Baby-Bottle Tooth Decay?
This issue is typically found around the front region of an infant’s mouth. More important, when sugary liquids, such as juice, milk, and formula leave a residue on the infant’s teeth, bacteria producing acids will attack the baby teeth.
Caring for baby teeth is very important
Just because baby teeth are temporary, does not mean that dental hygiene should be overlooked and ignored. Baby teeth are very important, because if they are lost too soon, a child may end up with crooked teeth, speech problems, severe pain, and life-threatening infections.
Tips on how to avoid Baby-Bottle Tooth Decay
1. Be sure to bring your infant in for a dental checkup, at the age of one.
2. Make sure that you do not give your child sugary liquids before napping or sleeping.
3. Begin brushing your child’s teeth, as soon as the first tooth comes in.
4. Using gauze or a wet cloth: wipe your infant’s gums and teeth once or twice a day.