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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay In Children
Baby bottle decay: I see it about 1 in 100 children. Parents need to brush and floss the child's teeth as soon as they come in! The diet is very important! Refined carborhydrates like crackers, chips, juice boxes (which are full of sugar) are a no no. If your child needs the bottle at night - make sure it is only water- milk has sugar in and can cause decay sitting on the teeth overnight. ...Read more
Immediately: Baby bottle decay can start with the presence of food and teeth. If the babies teeth are not cleaned after each feeding, and the food is able to either pool or accumulate, you can be sure that decay will start to occur. It is best to start a routine of cleaning the food and drink from the child's mouth after each feeding to get them into the routine of good oral hygiene from an early age. ...Read more
Clean the teeth: If caught early enough, the tooth decay process can be stopped and even repaired. Brush teeth thoroughly at least once a day to remove acid causing bacteria, stay away from sugars, breads and sodas (even diet!), use a small amount of Fluoride (in toothpaste and water) to help calcium and phosphate in the saliva to repair the acid damage. ...Read more
Early- white spots: Baby bottle tooth decay is more accurately referred to as early childhood caries since children don’t need to be using a bottle to develop tooth decay. The very earliest stages of ecc can appear as white spots on the teeth- often by the gumline. This is demineralized dental enamel. If the demineralization continues under the enamel, the spot will become darker. The enamel can appear intact. ...Read more
Baby Bottle Syndrome: Circumferential decay of deciduous teeth, most commonly incisors, usually in the gingival 1/3 of the crowns, Caused by putting child down to nap or sleep with a bottle containing milk or juice. Sugars in the liquids lay on the teeth, combine with bacteria (plaque) to form decay producing acids. ...Read more
Until treated: Baby bottle tooth decay is a serious condition that is caused by putting a child to bed with juice, milk or another sugary drink in their bottle. The liquid accumulates around the upper front teeth and causes decay to occur rapidly. Decay removal and placement of tooth colored fillings or crowns is indicated if the teeth can be salvaged. If not, they will need to be extracted. See a dentist asap! ...Read more
Baby bottle tooth decay is not too common and it depends on how often the baby falls asleep with the bottle in the mouth and keeps sucking on the milk throughout the night.
It is best to remove the bottle once baby is asleep, and replace the bottle with pure water. Everyday wipe the teeth with a wet or dry gauze to remove the layer of plaque. ...Read more
Needs teeth: Without teeth, there can be no tooth decay. ...Read more
Yes: This would be assessed as part of a good dental examination. ...Read more
Early stages of baby bottle tooth decay? My son, who is almost two, has light brown stains on his front top four teeth. Could this be a sign of baby bottle tooth decay or something else? Is it something I should worry about? .
Yes, yes, yes!: Yes there is "baby bottle syndrome" and yes if you've allowed your baby to fall asleep with a bottle and/or not started regular dental care the brown spots on the upper front teeth of your child could be decay! And yes...This is something to be concerned about for dental and overall health! See a pedodontist or dentist asap. ...Read more
How big of a problem is baby bottle tooth decay? We don't give anything to our baby in a bottle other than milk and water, but I'm still worried that we're giving it to her too close to bed time. I try to make sure she doesn't fall asleep with it in her m
Does diluting juice help prevent baby bottle tooth decay? I understand that juice has sugar, and the sugar can cause cavities. I’ve read that diluting it with water makes it less likely your baby will get baby bottle tooth decay. I only give him juice a f
Replace don't dilute: The sugar will change the acid/base balance in his mouth while there & for about an hour after drinking the juice. The longer it's in his mouth, the more decay you will see. Consult with your dentist & pediatrician, and determine a way to give him food on intervals and something with no sugar (like water) the rest of the time. This can save you loads of time, $$ and pain. Good luck! ...Read more
Baby bottle tooth decay and pulling all teeth? My sister and brother-in-law have taken on a two year old that they want to adopt. They took her to the dentist, and the dentist said that she has severe tooth decay in almost all of her teeth, and wants to h
I: I agree with dr funari. I would seek a second opinion with a pediatric dentist because they see more of this on a regular basis. Without x-rays it would be hard to say that all the baby teeth need extracted. I only pull baby teeth if they are infected and unrestorable. If the decay is at or in the nerve I will try to save the tooth with a baby root canal and crown. Sometimes if I have to remove a lot of teeth I try to save at least the back baby molars and canines to maintain the occlusion and ability to chew food. I also try to get the back baby molars by until the sic year molars erupt. To remove all the baby teeth will cause many problems which dr funari mentioned above. If the child is only two you will have to sided that sedation will be needed to treat her. If every tooth has decay it is dental neglect. Please get a second opinion. ...Read more
Can babies who breast feed get tooth decay? I try and breast feed my son whenever I can, and would like to know if that can also lead to tooth decay..
Yes: Bacteria can turn mother's milk into acid byproducts just a easily as anything else. Limit your child's breast feeding to when they are hungry. Clean their teeth and gums with a damp gauze and/or infant tooth brush after each feeding. If they have teeth it is time to make an appointment with a pediatric dentist. ...Read more
Phone call...: A phone call to a pediatric dentist is the only thing you can do at this stage to take care of this situation it's a shame since this could have been prevented. Please call soon to have her teeth restored. ...Read more
My son of 3 years old, has bottle tooth decay. Is there any risk of other infections spreading because of it? What else should we do except of brushing
Discuss with Pedo...: Yes, teeth with decay can become infected and spread to any other part of the body. This would be very serious and needs to be avoided at all costs. The teeth should be repaired if possible, or extracted if necessary. Have a discussion with a pedodontist what would be best the best treatment for all teeth and how to prevent further dental problems in general. ...Read more
My 18 months toddler has a green line near the gums of his front upper tooth. He slept with a bottle for some time can this be tooth decay? Treatment?
What can we put our son to bed with other than a bottle to help prevent tooth decay? Our son has a really difficult time falling to sleep unless he has a bottle to suck on. I know this isn't good for his teeth, and would like to find something that might
A pacifier?: You are absolutely, right that putting your son to sleep with a bottle is bad for his teeth. You can start with a bottle with only water and than move to a pacifier. Always make sure his teeth are cleaned before bed and be strong when you get resistance from your child. You really need to work on this with you child. You may even want to encourage him with a reward system that results in a prize! ...Read more
Is it true that nursing can cause tooth decay? I've heard that nursing can cause a child's teeth to decay, especially if they nurse right before falling asleep. Is there any truth to this? If so, is there anything we can do to prevent it? .
Decay happens!: The same rules apply whether you bottle feed or nurse...Teeth that are not cleaned and are covered with breast milk, formula or food will be at higher of decay. The cure is to make sure you use the age appropriate oral hygiene techniques after ever feeding - even bedtime! You're the parent and you create the culture of oral healthcare and oral hygiene in your home. ...Read more
A 6-y child, his teeth is in good state and no dental caries. Do you suugest to pit and fissure sealing on molars in order to prevent tooth decay?
Wipe baby's teeth and gums after breast feeding? I read recently that you should wipe your baby's teeth and gums with a soft cloth after breast feeding to help prevent tooth decay. I've never heard of this before, and don't know anyone who has done it. Is
Clean after feeding: One serious form of decay among young children is baby bottle tooth decay. This condition is caused by frequent and long exposures of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain sugar. Among these liquids are milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice and other sweetened drinks. After each feeding, wipe the baby’s gums and teeth with a damp washcloth or gauze pad to remove plaque. ...Read more
Follow One Rule: Never put a child to bed at nap-time or night-time with a bottle containing anything other then plain water. If they are getting enough nutrition during the day while they are awake they don't need anything extra at nap-time and night-time. If decay has already started and it is mild you may be able to controll it with precription Fluoride products. If severe it requires restoration. ...Read more
Deep Decay: It depends on how deep the decay is. If it has gotten to the nerve of the tooth the first step would be a root canal, then the tooth has to be restored. If the nerve has not been effected then it depends on what volume of the tooth is decayed, more than 55% then it will probably need a crown. ...Read more
Absolutely: There are a whole host of medical problems that can arise from allowing dental issues to go untreated. Everything from an increased risk of heart disease, difficulty controlling blood sugar levels, and of course the possibility of infection. Don't let dental problems go untreated! ...Read more
Food: Your attention to your hygiene is as important to your dental health as what you eat.. ...Read more
Then Have Filled: If you scrape or drill out decay, you have to fill the empty area. If the decay is small enough, instead it can be chemically treated and re-calcified without removing tooth structure. Decay left alone will only do more damage. ...Read more
Maybe...: Decay comes in many colors and could be gray & shiny, or brown and not shiny. If you suspect you have decay, see your dentist and get it sorted out; small fillings are easier & less costly than waiting for the tooth to hurt or fail. ...Read more
Plaque: Biofilms usually refer to bacterial accumulation in water lines. Biofilms such as bacterial plaque on teeth will cause many problems. An accumulation of bad bacteria anywhere in your body is a bad thing. Strep mutans accumulating on your teeth allow them to secrete acids that degrade your tooth enamel and ultimately create decay. ...Read more