Dentistry for Children Houston

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Dentistry for children Houston is an important part of our work at Marquette Dentistry. We prefer to begin working with parents at the earliest time possible, mostly to help parents understand important ways they can help to ensure the dental health of their children. One of the common issues we help parents with in dentistry for children in Houston is baby bottle tooth decay.

What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Baby bottle tooth decay is also referred to as nursing bottle syndrome, nursing caries, and early childhood caries. “Caries” is a term for crumbling and decay of a tooth or bone. Baby bottle tooth decay occurs as a result of an infant’s teeth being in frequent contact with sugars from drinks, including:

  • Milk
  • Formula
  • Sugar water
  • Sweet milk
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit juice diluted with water
  • Unswallowed breast milk

Dentistry for children Houston is often needed as a result of baby bottle tooth decay because bacteria in the mouth feed off of sugars, resulting in tooth decay.

When this type of decay goes untreated, a child can begin to experience pain; and it can become difficult to chew and to eat. Baby teeth serve the role of saving space for adult teeth. We address dentistry for children in Houston as an important priority because when the baby teeth are damaged or destroyed, the result can be the permanent teeth are not guided into their proper position. The result is often that the permanent teeth are crooked or crowded in the mouth. Another potential problem is that the baby teeth could become abscessed, and the infection in the mouth could spread to other parts of the body.

Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

In offering dentistry for children in Houston, we provide parents with the following advice and more, to help prevent baby bottle tooth decay:

  • When trying to calm or comfort your baby, do not give him or her a bottle filled with milk or sugary drinks. Instead, give the baby plain water.
  • Do not dip a pacifier in honey, sugar, or any sugary substance.
  • Do not put an infant to bed with a bottle filled with a sugary liquid. Instead, give the baby a small amount of water. Keep in mind that infants can only tolerate a small amount of water; too much water is harmful.

We care about the dental health of your entire family. Visit us for dentistry for children Houston.