Tooth decay in infants is often referred to as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, or Early Childhood Caries. This condition can occur in any tooth but the upper front teeth are affected more than others.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay can be a serious disorder because the health of baby teeth are as important as permanent teeth. They help the child chew and speak and also hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth. In addition, decay in baby teeth may increase risk of decay in permanent teeth.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is multifactorial problem but one of the important reasons is the frequent, prolonged exposure of the baby’s teeth to sweet drinks such as sugary water, juice or milk.
Some symptoms of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay include:
1- Dark and brown spot on teeth
3- Infection and swelling around the tooth
You can avoid Baby Bottle Tooth Decay by simple ways such as:
1- Not putting your child to bed in naptime with bottle of sugary liquids such as milk or juice.
2- Avoid filling bottles with sugar water or juices.
3- Teach your baby how to drink liquids out of a cup when 6 months of age.
4- Clean your child’s mouth after feeding.
5- Brush your child’s teeth twice a day as soon as possible.
6- Use fluoride water for your child.
7- Start dental check-up for your child after first tooth appears.