Baby Bottle Decay
Baby Bottle Decay
Baby bottle decay or ECC (Early Childhood Caries) is the most common chronic infectious childhood disease.
- ECC occurs when baby’s teeth are exposed to foods/liquids with high sugar content for prolonged periods of time.
- Most common cause of giving babies a bottle of milk, formula, juice, sugar water, soda or soft drinks before or during bedtime.
- Decay producing bacteria also passes from caregivers by sharing spoons, kissing or cleaning pacifiers in parents / Caregivers mouth.
- Extended / Prolonged breastfeeding (Letting babies sleep while feeding is not recommended).
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE:
- Maintain adequate oral hygiene when you’re pregnant.
- Never dip a pacifier in honey to soothe a crying baby.
- Never clean the pacifier by putting it in your mouth.
- Oral hygiene. A) Infant stage: Even when your baby has no teeth, it is important that you clean their gums with a clean cloth/ gauze After the first tooth erupts, you can start using a soft toothbrush / finger brush to brush your baby’s teeth. You don’t have to use a toothpaste. (B)Toddler stage: brush their teeth twice a day for 2 minutes. A smear of fluoride toothpaste can be used.
- Check if your water supply is fluoridated. If not ask your dentist or doctor to prescribe fluoride supplements.
- Try weaning them off of bottles and sippy cups. Train them to drink milk from Regular cups.
- Avoid sticky a and sugary foods. Whole Fruits are better than fruit juices. If you prefer juices, give it during meal times.
WATCH OUT FOR ANY SIGNS OF DECAY:
- Decay in babies start as a white chalky appearance at or near the gum line.
- If you have any doubts talk to your dentist.
- Babies first dental appointment should be within 6 months of the first erupted tooth or by their first birthday.
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