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. Babies don’t have teeth for quite a while, right? While that’s true, there are still things that can happen to their teeth while they’re in the gums. Baby bottle tooth decay is one of them.
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 pediatric dentist sees on a regular basis. It happens when babies’ teeth and gums are exposed to a consistent flow of sugary liquids. This sugar, if not cleaned, pools around your kids’ new and soon-to-erupt teeth, causing bacteria buildup.
How do I avoid it?
What Dr. Michael Tew and Dr. Kristy Rogers recommend 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. The team here at Children's Landing Pediatric Dentistry in West Jordan, Utah, has all the tips you need to know in order to clean your kids’ mouth. It’s really a simple process.
We know that something like this likely isn’t top-of-mind when considering your baby’s health. Paying attention now, though, will pay huge dividends in the future. To learn more, call us today at 801.282.1802.