When your baby comes into the world you will do everything possible to protect your child from harm. Most parents would not equate the beverages in your child’s bottle as harmful, but consider this – would you want to have to take your toddler to your family dentist because their baby teeth are suffering from dental decay?
Of course, that is the last thing you would want to put your child through. But you need to know there is potential for this experience to occur if you are putting your child down for a nap or the night with a baby bottle that contains anything but water.
Milk, formula, and juice often contain sugar. If your baby should fall asleep with any amount of the beverage in their mouth, you could be exposing their baby teeth to the very things that lead to plaque buildup (a leading cause of cavity formation).
Plaque can build on teeth at any age. If a caregiver believes that since baby teeth are going to fall out eventually, their care isn’t that important, well that is just not the case. Even though baby teeth will eventually be replaced with permanent teeth, this first set of teeth must pave the way for the next set of teeth, so you want them to be healthy and remain in place until they are ready to come out.
A cavity occurs when the protective enamel is breached allowing the nerve of the tooth to be exposed. No matter when and to whom this occurs, the discomfort from dental decay is awful. No parent wants to see their child experience this pain, let alone what is required to repair the cavity.
Caring for your child’s teeth involves wiping them clean with a soft cloth until your child is old enough to sit up and allow you to gently brush their teeth with an age appropriate brush and toothpaste. Your child’s first visit with the family dentist should occur at twelve months.
During this first visit your child will receive a dental exam without the pressure of being in pain, and subsequent visits will be easier when that first visit is stress-free. Your family dentist is available to answer questions and teach you the best ways to care for your child’s teeth. Call our caring team today!