When you have newborn babies, one of the last things you probably think about is whether or not they’ll have problems with their dental health. Without teeth for the first part of their lives, it’s hard to wrap your head around how tooth problems can happen. But one of those is baby bottle tooth decay.
Today, we’re going to look at what that is, so you can make sure your kids avoid it.
What is it?
Baby bottle tooth decay is something that a dentist sees on a regular basis. It happens when babies’ teeth and gums are exposed to a consistent flow of sugary liquids. That creates an environment where it’s easy for plaque and other debris to build up, causing decay.
How do I avoid it?
What Dr. Thayne Gardner recommends is that you make sure to switch out the liquids in your baby’s bottle. Milk formula and juice, while quick and easy, contain quite a lot of sugar. You’ll also want to make sure that you’re cleaning your baby’s mouth. It’s a really simple procedure that the team here at Little People's Dental in South Jordan, Utah, can easily walk you through if you need the help.
Oral health likely isn’t top-of-mind when you have a new baby. But if you give it attention now, it’ll pay off in the future. To learn more, call us today at (801) 999-1426.