Baby bottle tooth decay is a common problem for children under five years old. Baby bottle tooth decay can be prevented, but the symptoms need to be caught as early as possible. Treatment depends on the age of the child, as well as the severity of the decay that has begun.
Here are some ways to prevent baby bottle tooth decay, as well as things to avoid to try to prevent it.
In the first stage of the decay, you will begin to notice small white spots on the surface of your child’s tooth/teeth. If your child’s decay goes past this point, you should look for symptoms that include brown spots on the teeth, bleeding gums, swollen gums, fever, and bad breath. Once your child displays these symptoms, you should see a dentist at your earliest convenience, because your child will then need to undergo serious and extensive restorative treatments.
If the baby bottle tooth decay only goes so far as white spots appearing on teeth, you should still see dental attention, but this stage can be helped. When you see your dentist, they will perform a fluoride treatment. You should also make changes to your child’s diet to exclude or limit acidic foods and limit juices and subsite them with water or formula.
It is most important to note that you should be as aware as possible of baby bottle tooth decay. Decaying of children’s teeth is as important as fully mature teeth. Although the teeth fall out, if decay causes premature teeth loss, it could affect how the mature teeth grow in – if it is not stifled. The decay of baby teeth could cause jawbone issues as well as misaligned permanent teeth and other issues that could cause orthodontic procedures at a young age.
If your child is going through baby bottle teeth decay, seek help immediately. If you catch the early symptoms, seek help to rectify the problem. Baby bottle tooth decay is common but is treatable and preventable. If it is necessary to make diet changes to restrict acidic foods, consult with your doctor and let them know you are doing so, as they can check up on the impact of this.
Consult with your doctor if you believe your child has baby bottle tooth decay.
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