Baby bottle tooth decay – what is it?
Baby bottle tooth decay is associated with frequent drinking from the bottle. In such cases, teeth contact with the liquid is longer than when drinking from a cup. Particularly at risk are the teeth of children who fall asleep with a bottle or during feeding at night. During sleep, there is less saliva in the mouth, which would help clean the teeth and neutralize acids produced by the bacteria present in the mouth. And these bacteria feed on sugar, which is contained in the juices, sweetened teas, but also in milk given to children. It is for these reasons that newly erupted teeth can decay.
How to treat it?
Take your child to the dentist as soon as you notice dark or white spots on your child’s teeth. Tooth decay is an infectious disease, therefore, one decayed tooth can soon lead to the decay of other teeth. After thorough examination of teeth, the doctor will suggest the best methods of treatment, such as applying dental fluoride (fluoridation) or silver nitrate solution (cauterization) to the teeth.
How to prevent it?
- avoid serving drinks containing sugars, replace them with non-carbonated water;
- rinse toothless gums with a piece of cotton soaked in boiled water;
- brush milk teeth with a special brush for babies;
- for older children, a brush adapted to their age should be recommended;
- do not allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle;
- do not bottle feed the child longer than is necessary;
- teach your child to drink from a cup and eat with a spoon;
- regularly visiting the dentist with your child.