Teeth begin developing before a baby is born. Good nutrition during pregnancy is important in the development of the baby’s teeth.
Even though they are temporary, your child’s baby teeth are still susceptible to cavities. Tooth decay in little ones is often referred to as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay.
Children need strong, healthy teeth to chew their food, speak, and have a good-looking smile. Their first teeth also help make sure their adult teeth come in correctly. It’s important to start infants off with good oral care to help protect their teeth for decades to come.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay most often occurs in the upper front teeth, but other teeth may also be affected.
There are many factors which can cause tooth decay in your baby’s teeth. Here are a few:
The good news is that decay is preventable.
When your child’s first tooth appears, talk to your dentist about scheduling the first dental visit. Treat the first dental visit as you would a well-baby checkup with the child’s physician. Remember: starting early is the key to a lifetime of good dental health.