Category : For kids
– What is baby bottle tooth decay?
Early childhood decays, also known as baby bottle caries; It is a common type of caries that starts on the upper incisors of babies and progresses very quickly.
Bottle caries first begins with chalky white stains on the enamel of the teeth. Over time, tissue loss is observed from the enamel and yellow-brown stains replace the white chalky stains. Often the caries is very advanced when the family notices tooth decay.
In bottle rot; It is not the bottle that causes the caries, but the milk in the bottle. Both breast milk and cow’s milk naturally contain a lot of sugar (lactose). Milk that accumulates in the mouth by babies sucking breast milk before or during sleep or drinking cow’s milk with a bottle creates a suitable environment for bacteria to multiply rapidly. The decrease in saliva secretion during sleep facilitates the dissolution of enamel against acid produced by bacteria. For this reason, care should be taken to clean the milk teeth, especially after night feeding.
– Is baby bottle tooth decay important?
If the teeth with bottle decay are not treated, they cause pain and inflammation, and the inflamed or aching teeth cause the baby to be uneasy and the diet to deteriorate. Inflammation also affects the permanent teeth that will come from the bottom and causes them to be deformed. If these teeth have to be extracted, speech problems may occur in the child.
– What could be the reason why my baby’s teeth are decayed even though he is not sucking a bottle?
In addition to baby bottles, giving pacifiers soaked in sweeteners such as honey, molasses and jam to silence crying babies is another cause of baby bottle decays. In addition, carbohydrate / sugary foods that are given to the baby’s hand to linger after the teeth erupt also cause tooth decay. Instead of such foods, the child has high nutritional value such as apple and carrot; It is necessary to direct them to foods that help to clean teeth.