Tooth decay can happen in babies as young as a half year! Incisors, the upper four front teeth are the most regularly affected in baby tooth decay. It`s generally known that improper utilization of containers causes child tooth decay.
Signs of tooth decay in children:
The occurrence of a white stripe along the gum line. This is the first sign and neglected by the parents. This line is caused because of the bacteria that are found in plaque. These bacteria, change sugars to acids that dissolve minerals that are a part of tooth enamel and lead to the generation of holes or cavities or decay in the teeth! The process of how bacteria dissolve enamel is called demineralization.
If the teeth go brownish or blackish, that means that the infant already has advanced tooth cavity. Most commonly the front teeth – upper 4 incisors are involved, while lower teeth remain unaffected.
Prevention of Infant Tooth Decay:
As the improper utilization of bottles is the primary cause of infant-tooth-decay, let us concentrate on how we can prevent infant tooth decay without using bottles, or minimizing the usage.
Feeding the child with breast milk and reducing bottle feeding reduces the risk of childhood tooth decay. Even if you want to use the bottle, remove the container from the kid’s hand when you think the child is full. Using boiled water reduces the exposure of the child to bacteria. Well, don’t forget to cool the boiled water before feeding the child (very obvious, but just in case!). Give children more water than fruit juices and sodas when thirsty. Start feeding them off a bowl, or a feeding cup.
Work on tooth brushing with the child. You can start as early as the first sparkling tooth pops out by cleaning it regularly with a clean thin cloth or a paper towel. You can start using a toothbrush when the child turns a year old. Allow them to begin using toothpaste (or rather eat the toothpaste) when they are 18 months old. Make sure you only use a little toothpaste and that the paste is not high in Fluoride Content. Visit the dentist regularly.