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, though, how is it possible for tooth decay to occur? Well, one of the ways it happens is through what’s known as 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. Just like in an adult’s mouth, this turns into plaque, tartar, and can eventually end up as gum disease.
How do I avoid it?
What Dr. Lawrence Wu 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. Now, that’s a straightforward process, but if you need tips, then don’t hesitate to ask the team at NuSmile Dental & Orthodontics in San Jose, California. That’s what we’re here for – to help!
We know that something like this likely isn’t top-of-mind when considering your baby’s health. But paying attention to their oral health can pay huge rewards in the future. To learn more, call us today at 408-266-2800.