Children face many dental problems as babies. Some of the common ones are tooth decay, early tooth loss, thumb sucking, tooth decay, and tongue thrusting. It is essential to maintain proper oral health so that you can keep your child safe from pain and discomfort associated with the above conditions.
In this write-up, we will explore in brief the various aspects of tooth decay resulting from a baby bottle and being a parent how you can keep this condition at bay.
What is baby bottle tooth decay?
This condition has different names, the most common ones being nursing bottle syndrome, childhood caries, and nursing bottle syndrome.
What happens when it goes untreated?
If left without treatment, it can cause severe toothache, and your child might be unable to bite, chew, or in extreme cases, open the mouth. It can also lead to tooth abscess, which is the most common form of infection, and it can often become life-threatening if the infection spreads to the other parts of the body.
Also, the baby teeth form the platform for the permanent teeth and also aids in maintaining proper teeth position. However, if not addressed, the placement of permanent teeth might suffer as well over the years.
How to prevent baby bottle tooth decay?
- If your baby uses a pacifier, do not keep it in contact with any liquid that contains sugar like honey or sweetened milk.
- If your baby is restless or crying, avoid offering sweetened milk or juice. Try to calm with toys or other techniques.
- As mentioned above, while breastfeeding, if the baby does not swallow the milk and falls asleep with the milk in the mouth, make sure your baby swallows it before he falls asleep.
- After every feed, take a clean, soft cotton cloth or a baby toothbrush with the help of which you can wipe gums, teeth, and, if possible, the tongue of your baby. You can keep bacterial infection, gum disease, and plaque at bay.