Baby Bottle Cavities

Some parents underestimate the importance of bringing their children to Del Mar Highlands dental office regularly. Parents might think that “After all, my kids are going to lose those baby teeth anyway”. This is totally wrong. In fact, dental experts suggest that all children should visit their dentist for the first time just after their first tooth emerges, and not later than their third birthday. Through early visit with a Del Mar Pediatric Dentist, it will not only help children to become comfortable with their dentist but at the same time, early dental examination of teeth and their underlying structures can help ensure that the child’s teeth will develop properly.

The occurrence of cavities at such an early age is one aspect of pediatric dentistry that often surprises the parents of infants and young children. Among small children, childhood caries, often known as the baby bottle or nursing cavities are common. The main cause of baby bottle cavities is, unfortunately, a common occurrence: putting young children or babies to bed with a bottle filled with milk or juice.

The bacteria naturally occur and being fed when a child takes a bottle to bed and during this time, the liquid inside stays on his or her teeth. The bacteria produce a plaque eventually leads to tooth decay. Some of the common signs that a baby might be experiencing tooth decay or dental pain may include any of the following symptoms: mealtime crying, trouble falling asleep, and abnormal crying when the child wakes up.

Baby bottle cavities can be removed with a thorough professional cleaning, which is available at Del Mar Highlands dental office. But if the cavities have progressed too far, a dental crown, dental filling, or even tooth extraction may be needed and required. So if you suspect that these cavities are present on your children’s teeth, you should immediately consult a Del Mar Highlands Pediatric dentist as soon as possible.

Starting a preventive care and a good oral hygiene routine at a young age is the best way and alternative to prevent baby bottle and nursing cavities. Putting a child to bed with a feeding bottle is a tough habit to break. What can you do to stop it? Try substituting water or a non-sweetened beverage for milk or juice if your child needs a bottle to help fall asleep. If not, try using a pacifier to small children and babies. Ensuring your child’s teeth and gums clean is another simple way to prevent baby bottle or nursing cavities. The best way for infants is to clean the gums with a damp cloth gently. When your child’s first tooth emerges, you should brush them gently with a baby-sized toothbrush.

If you wish to know more about nursing cavities and how to prevent them, contact a Del Mar Highlands Pediatric dentist today.


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