The Beginnings of Oral Health Care
Children’s dental care is often overlooked, because many people believe those tiny baby teeth are just going to fall out one day, and be replaced with a set of second chance teeth. Still, caring for baby teeth should be considered one of the most valuable lessons to teach a child.
Early Childhood Cavities (ECC), more commonly known as “baby bottle tooth decay” is a condition that affects children up to the age of three, or as long as they remain using a bottle. Although rare, ECC may indicate the potential risk for severe tooth decay when the child develops his adult teeth. ECC is caused by:
- Sugars and carbohydrates in the child’s diet
- Beverages that contain sugar such as milk, infant formula, fruit juice, or any other liquid those contain or is sweetened with sugar.
- Bacteria transferred from the caregiver to the child
- The frequency of feedings
- Allowing a child to fall asleep with bottle that contains any liquid other than pure water.
Prevent early childhood decay by:
- Offering a pacifier rather than a bottle during naps and bed time
- Speak with your dentist for advice on how to expose your child to fluoride, if it is not available through your water supply. Fluoride is recommended by the American Dental Association to strengthen teeth, which may prevent tooth decay.
- If using a bottle during periods of sleep, fill the bottle with only pure water.
If you would like more information or would like to schedule an appointment for your child to be seen please give your Minnesota Family Dentistry a call.