Baby bottle tooth decay affects many children in Dothan
Posted By Dr Nathan Pfister
It is easy for children to get into the habit of taking a drink to bed. It sooths them and can provide a break for parents. However, this can have bad effects on your child’s teeth. One major problem that Dr. Pfister has come across in his Dothan AL patients is baby bottle tooth decay. It is a result of extended periods of exposure to any carbohydrate such as milk, juice, smoothies, soda, and formula. It can also be a result of dipping a baby’s pacifier in honey or sugar. The sugar gets stuck around infant’s teeth, feeding bacteria that cause decay and gum disease.
Many people believe that because baby teeth are temporary, they are not important. That could not be farther from the truth. Children who experience premature loss of baby teeth can run the risk of speech problems, crooked permanent teeth, poor eating habits, and it can also cause damage to the adult teeth. In fact decay in baby teeth can predict decay in adult teeth. It is crucial to take the proper steps to make sure your child does not develop baby bottle tooth decay.
Clean your baby’s teeth after each feeding.
When your child develops the first teeth, begin brushing. It’s recommended not to use toothpaste at first, however if you choose to use toothpaste be sure it does not contain fluoride.
Once teeth begin to come in, have the teeth check for early tooth decay
Dr. Pfister recommends regularly scheduled dentist visits by your child’s first birthday. There are sealants the use air-abrasion and ozone available that can help prevent decay for children.
Dr. Pfister at Biodentist Alabama in Dothan understands that your children’s teeth are a crucial part of their overall health. Baby bottle tooth decay does not need to be something that derails their health. If you need more information on caring for baby’s teeth, call us at (855) 939-5566 or visit our office in Dothan.
Dr. Pfister's passion for non-invasive biologic dentistry began while practicing dentistry in Hawaii and he learned of the power of ozone in dentistry. From Hawaii, Dr. Pfister moved to his hometown of Upland as the protégé of the world-renowned ozone dentist Dr. Bill Domb...
Dr. Brian Pfister was born and raised in Upland, CA. He attended Brigham Young University-Idaho, graduating with a degree in exercise physiology with a minor in chemistry. From Idaho, Dr. Brian returned to southern California to continue dental training at Western University College of Dental Medicine.