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What Causes Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

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Does your child fall asleep with their bottle in their mouth? If so, this habit increases your child's risk of baby bottle tooth decay. Even breast milk has natural sugars in it that will sit on your child's teeth if you don't brush. As soon as your child gets their first tooth, you'll need to brush with fluoridated toothpaste. Our pediatric dentists can help you come up with the best oral hygiene routine for your child.

Continue reading to learn what causes baby bottle tooth decay. We'll also give you our tips for how to help your baby maintain healthy teeth and gums. Our pediatric dentists are here to help!

Be sure to call any of our offices if you have any questions that aren't answered here.

Do Baby Teeth Matter?

It's a myth that baby teeth aren't important. In fact, baby teeth help set the stage for your child's oral health over the course of their lifetime. What you teach your child now will affect them years later. This is why it's important to take care of baby teeth as soon as they erupt through the gums. Otherwise, your child may have a higher risk of having baby bottle tooth decay.

One of the best gifts you can give your child is a healthy smile. By taking care of their oral health, they’ll be able to avoid baby bottle tooth decay. They'll also be able to avoid having baby teeth extracted due to cavities. If your child loses a tooth too early from extraction, their other teeth will tilt toward the open space. Your child may also speak with a lisp or slur their words. Taking care of baby teeth now will help your child enjoy good oral health in the future.

How Important is it to Brush Baby Teeth?

Very. Our pediatric dentists recommend you brush baby teeth twice a day to remove plaque. Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria that eats the sugar left on your infant's teeth. This bacteria then produces an acid that weakens your baby's tooth enamel over time. If left untreated, plaque buildup will lead to baby bottle tooth decay and gingivitis.

How Do You Brush a Baby's Teeth?

Brushing baby teeth isn't as complicated as you may fear. While it'll take some time for your baby to get used to teeth brushing, it's not impossible. First, you'll need to pick out a small toothbrush for your baby, as well as some fluoridated toothpaste. Next, you'll need to put a tiny smear of toothpaste on the brush that's about the size of a grain of rice. That way, you won't have to worry about your child if they swallow the toothpaste by accident. If you’re still worried, our pediatric dentists can recommend some products for you to use.

Fluoride is safe for people of all ages, including babies. By using fluoridated toothpaste, you'll be able to strengthen your baby's tooth enamel. This will decrease their risk of baby bottle tooth decay and other oral health issues.

Call Children's Dental Care!

Our pediatric dentists in Dearborn, Canton, and Livonia can help your child start their life right with a healthy smile. We can teach your child good oral hygiene habits to build a foundation for good oral health. Call Children's Dental Care to request an appointment for your son or daughter. We look forward to hearing from you!