Your baby’s teeth are at risk for decay as soon as they appear. Tooth decay in infants and toddlers is very common in the United States and is referred to as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay.
Most of the time this happens because children are frequently given liquids with sugar, soda, juice, milk, formula, drink mixes, etc.
Tooth decay can occur when the baby is put to bed with a bottle, or when a bottle is used as a pacifier for a fussy baby. The sugary liquids pool around the teeth while the child sleeps. Bacteria in the mouth use these sugars as food. They then produce acids that attack the teeth. Each time your child drinks these liquids, acids attack for 20 minutes or longer. After multiple attacks, the teeth can decay.
According to the American Dental Association, the good news is that tooth decay is almost completely preventable.
Ensure that your child has adequate exposure to fluoride. Discuss your child’s fluoride needs with your dentist or pediatrician.
Information from this article taken from the American Dental Association website. http://www.ada.org/3034.aspx#top
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