Kids of all ages can be affected by tooth decay. If your child consumes a lot of sugar, bacteria in their mouth will eat the remaining sugar particles, excreting acid. This acid damages their teeth and eventually causes tooth decay, also called “cavities” or “dental caries.”
One of the most common types of tooth decay in children is “baby bottle tooth decay.” In this blog from The Little Royals: Dentistry for Kids, we’ll discuss what you need to know about this issue, how to avoid it, and how to keep your child’s mouth healthy.
Baby bottle tooth decay is a specific type of tooth decay that primarily affects the front teeth. It occurs when your child’s teeth are exposed to sugar for a prolonged period of time.
The most common cause of baby bottle tooth decay is putting your child to bed with a bottle of formula or breastmilk. They will drink as they fall asleep, and a small amount of the liquid may remain in their mouth after they fall asleep.
As the liquid sits on the teeth, oral bacteria consume the sugar and excrete acid as a byproduct of digestion. Over time, this softens, weakens, and destroys the outer layer of the teeth, causing tooth decay.
Now that you know a bit about baby bottle tooth decay and cavities, you may be wondering how to prevent tooth decay in your infant or young toddler. Here are a few tips.
It’s never too early to see the dentist for the first time. If your child is at least one year old or has their first tooth, you can bring them to The Little Royals: Dentistry for Kids! Dr. Sal Colombo and Dr. Yasi Colombo treat kids of all ages, including infants and toddlers.
During your child’s appointment, we can assess their oral health and development, and answer any questions you may have about caring for their teeth and gums as they grow. So don’t wait. Schedule a consultation and protect your little one’s oral health by contacting us online or giving us a call at (561) 510-1450.