Children use their front teeth to tear food and back teeth to mash the food, sometimes causing baby tooth decay. Healthy baby teeth allow the permanent adult teeth to have a place to come in and provide better alignment.

Taking care of baby teeth

Baby teeth are the foundation for the adult teeth to come in straight. Healthy baby teeth allow for better speech, nutrition, and aesthetics when treated properly as if they were adult teeth. Baby teeth should be cleaned with a washcloth and with a soft brush after each meal if they are still too young to use toothpaste. Cleaning the teeth will remove any plaque or food that will harm the teeth. Regular dental checkups should begin at about one year of age and instructions on brushing, and oral hygiene should begin once the child is old enough to hold a toothbrush.

Baby tooth decay – What causes decay?

Orange County baby tooth decay

It has been found that baby tooth decay runs in families and a child can contract tooth decaying bacteria from their mother, and this causes the formation of tooth decay. Tooth decay can also be caused by putting a child to sleep with a bottle filled with milk or juice. Children should not be given a bottle to sleep with because decay and malformation of the teeth will occur. Some people dip pacifiers in sugar or honey to help a fussy baby, but in fact, this creates acid attacks from bacteria. Since infants and toddlers do not receive adequate amounts of fluoride, they have an increased risk for acid attack since the enamel becomes exposed.

Children should be encouraged to drink from a cup by their first birthday, and training cups should not be used for a long time. As usual, sweets should be limited, and regular dental visits should occur at a young age to ensure a healthy smile. Schedule your children dental appointments at 7 Day Dental today!

Identifying baby tooth decay and preventing it

It’s important that you identify tooth decay at an early stage. Your child’s dentist at 7 Day Dental will use fluoride treatment to rebuild the surface enamel. This treatment can also reverse decay, especially when it’s in its earliest stages. You can easily identify early tooth decay in children by regularly looking inside their mouth. Look for brown or black spots on the teeth. Regular dental visits will help your dentist identify tooth decay at the earliest stage. To prevent early decay in young children, follow these simple tips.

  • Limit intake of sugary foods
  • Reduce consumption of acidic foods
  • Avoid giving juices to young children

Make sure you discuss these preventive measures with your child’s dentist before you deploy them.

Tooth decay at a later stage

If you haven’t spotted the tooth decay at an early stage, fluoride treatment will not work. Your child’s dentist will examine the decay and recommend an alternate treatment for your child. Your child may have severe tooth decay if you can spot the following signs.

  • Swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Black or brown spots on teeth
  • Irritated gums and fever
  • Bad breath

If you spot any of these signs, contact your child’s dentist immediately to schedule an appointment. In case you ignore this situation, the decay would spread to other teeth, and your child might need advanced decay and face restoration treatments.


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