What your dentist in Yorba Linda wants you to know
You love to watch your child, sucking happily on a baby bottle. Do you ever wonder if the baby bottle might be hurting your child’s teeth? The truth is sucking on a baby bottle for too long can cause tooth alignment problems later on. The contents of the baby bottle can also cause problems including severe decay and premature loss of teeth. Dr. Jaclyn Bae at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA wants to share the facts about baby bottles and your child’s smile.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, your child should not be using baby bottles by 12 to 18 months old. When your child sucks on a baby bottle, the muscle movement can cause a dramatic effect on the alignment of your child’s teeth. The alignment problems can remain even with the permanent teeth.
Tooth alignment isn’t the only problem caused by baby bottles. No child is too young to get a cavity. In fact, the minute a primary tooth erupts your child is at risk for dental decay. The contents of the baby bottle are the main problem.
Baby bottles normally contain either milk or fruit juices. Each of these liquids contains high amounts of sugar. Your child’s teeth literally get bathed in sugar. The sugar combines with oral bacteria to produce a strong acid. This acid can eat away at the tooth enamel of your child’s teeth. The result is severe decay.
There is a condition known as “baby bottle syndrome” caused by a child sucking on a sugary beverage all night long. The baby is put to sleep with a bottle. The hours of constant exposure to bacterial acid causes severe decay, often down to the gumline. The teeth have to be extracted or restored with temporary crowns.
Even the most well-meaning parent can make mistakes when it comes to what causes a child’s dental problems. It’s difficult to know what to do when it comes to baby bottles. That’s why it’s important to partner with an expert on children’s dental care. It’s time to call Dr. Bae at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA. She can help you know what to do to give your child a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles so call today!