Baby bottle or nursing decay is a condition found in the mouth of babies whose teeth are not cleaned daily. The bacteria, if left undisturbed for twenty four hours, will organize into plaque and utilize sugars, whether they come from milk, sweetened juices, vegetables, etc., to form acids. These acids attack the enamel and cause decay. Dr. Barry Reder is here to help your child have a healthy mouth by providing education and treatment for baby bottle tooth decay in Oceanside, California. Clean teeth do not rot; that is our bottom line. Conversely the sugars that bacteria can use to form acids can be found in every kind of food.
Our team at Barry Reder D.D.S., F.A.A.P.D., F.A.O.S. is here to make sure that your child grows up with a positive attitude towards dental care. We recommend brushing and flossing your child’s teeth at least one time per day. If your child has a bottle at night, it should contain only water without milk, sugar or juices added. We also suggest performing the following actions to eliminate the risks of baby bottle or nursing tooth decay:
- Begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as their first tooth or teeth have erupted…… at approximately six months of age.
- Floss your child’s teeth, daily, even if there is space between the adjoining teeth. Use a convenient “right angle” flossing aid if necessary.
- Discuss fluoride treatment with us.
- The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends scheduling your child’s first dental visit at one year of age.
- Your child’s exam will include oral hygiene instructions for the parent. A brief cleaning and fluoride application can be accomplished if the family wishes.
- No X-rays are taken before the child is three years old unless decay is visibly apparent or the teeth have had a traumatic accident.
- We recommend that you schedule two examinations per year for your child. Some parents elect to have three cleanings per year.
Call our office now to find out more about how we can help improve your child’s oral health!