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HOW TO PREVENT BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY?

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, also called early childhood caries (ECC), is the deterioration of an immature child’s tooth enamel due to prolonged exposure to sugar or sweetened liquids. Bacteria naturally present within the mouth break down these sugars, producing acid which attacks the teeth. Over time, the enamel becomes damaged and therefore the teeth decay. 

There are countless trouble factors when it involves children’s tooth decay. A standard cause is the frequent and prolonged exposure of your child’s teeth to sticky drinks; including milk, formula, and fruit crush. Giving your child a sticky drink at nap or night-time can be dangerous because the flux of saliva diminishes during sleep. Bacteria within the mouth thrive on sugar and produce acids that attack the teeth. Multiple cavities in the front incisors and molars which range in severity depending on the exposure.

The life of the practices that beget baby bottle tooth decay is the first step in preventing it. Proper dental hygiene and bottle- feeding habits will help keep your child’s baby teeth healthy and powerful until the endless teeth come by.

How to prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

  1. Limiting snacks containing sugar Starting healthy eating habits beforehand will help ensure good long-term dental health.

  2. Never put your child to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice. If your child does need a bottle at bedtime, fill it with water; still, some paediatricians advise against any bottles within the crib unless the child is suitable to sit up.

  3. Limit consumption of sweetened beverages. The American Academy of Paediatrics( AAP) recommends 6 ounces of juice only per day and no juice before 6 months of age. However, gradually dilute the drink by adding water incrementally over 2- 3 weeks until only water is given between feedings.

  4. Wipe your baby’s gum with a clean gauze pad or washcloth after each feeding.

  5. Never put a pacifier in anything sweet

  6. Appoint a meeting with your dentist by your child’s first birthday or when the first teeth begin to grow.

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