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- Evaluation of Dental Development
- Fluoride Treatments
- Oral Health Education
- Cavity Treatment
- Gingivitis Prevention and Treatment
- Fillings, Crowns and Root Canals
- Sedation Dentistry
- Dental Sealants
- Athletic Mouth Guards
- Special Needs Dentistry
- Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Prevention
- Nutrition and Dietary Habits
- Brushing and Flossing
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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Prevention in Lancaster OH
Baby bottle tooth decay is severe decay of the baby teeth of infants and young children. It is a very real condition so it is important to understand that the health of your baby’s teeth is very critical to their overall health and the health of their permanent teeth later on in life. Children need strong baby teeth to chew their food, speak properly and eventually for their permanent teeth to grow in correctly. It is extremely important to start their good oral care early on in life, during infancy. As a parent or guardian, it is your responsibility to take control of your child’s oral health from the very beginning and apply healthy habits to prevent and reduce the risk of baby bottle tooth decay.
What is baby bottle tooth decay and what causes it?
Why healthy baby teeth are important
- Chewing and and eating are easier when our teeth are strong and the same goes for your child.
- Your baby teeth help form the shape of your child’s face. So keep them healthy!
- Healthy baby teeth will help your child talk more clearly.
- Baby teeth hold spaces open for the permanent teeth to come in.
- Starting a good oral routine early will create good habits later in life, and improve overall health
- Mouth pain and discomfort
- Damage even to permanent teeth that are underneath the gums
- Loss of space needed for permanent teeth to grow
- Need for costly dental care
- Infections that affect the child’s overall health
Signs and symptoms of baby bottle tooth decay
Dos and Don’ts to Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
- Clean your baby’s teeth after each bottle or breast feeding. Even after giving any medicine that contains sugar
- Give a pacifier or a bottle of plain water if your baby needs to suck on something for comfort
- Avoid bedtime or nap time feedings when possible
- Use a bottle for feedings only
- Try using a cup instead for toddlers
- Wean your baby from the bottle to a cup by 12 months of age
- Contact our office for an appointment if you suspect your child has baby bottle tooth decay
- Put liquids that contain sugar in your child’s bottle when putting them down for bed or a nap
- Let your child fall asleep while nursing
- Use the bottle as a pacifier
- Breastfeed longer than 30 minutes if possible
- Give a baby a bottle in bed
- Let tooth decay go untreated if you notice any signs or symptoms
Cleaning your child’s mouth
- Hold an infant on your lap and support the head with your hand so you can see easily into the mouth.
- With the child seated in a high chair, stand behind him and brush the teeth.
- Sit on a sofa with your child’s head in your lap (or, if someone is helping you, place the child’s head in your lap with his feet toward your helper).
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