Early Childhood Tooth Decay
Kid and Child focused Dentist In Grand Blanc MI
What Causes Tooth Decay?
Several specific types of bacteria (“Sugar Bugs”) that live on the teeth cause decay. When sugar is consumed, the bacteria use the sugar and then manufacture acids that dissolve the teeth and cause an infection in the tooth. This infection is called decay.
What Is Early Childhood Tooth Decay?
Babies who go to bed with a bottle of milk, formula, or juice are more likely to get tooth decay. Because the sugar in formula, milk, or juice stays in contact with the teeth for a long time during the night, the teeth can decay quickly.
Some Tips To Avoid Early Childhood Tooth Decay
- Put your child to bed with a bottle of plain water, not milk or juice.
- Stop nursing when your child is asleep or has stopped sucking on the bottle.
- Try not to let your child walk around using a bottle of milk or juice as a pacifier.
- Start to teach your child to drink from a cup at about six months of age. Plan to stop using a bottle by 12 to 14 months at the latest.
- Don’t dip your child’s pacifier in honey or sugar.
What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride helps make teeth strong and prevents tooth decay. If the water where you live does not have enough fluoride, your doctor may prescribe fluoride supplements (fluoride drops or pills). You would give these drops or pills every day, starting when your child is about six months old. Only give as much as the directions say to use. Also, be sure to call your local water authority and ask if your water is fluoridated. If it is, tell your dentist or pediatrician so that your child is not being over fluoridated. Children should take these drops or pills until they are 12 to 16 years old (or until you move to an area with fluoride in the water).
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This appointment was for my 1 year old son Cody .. he had a cracked tooth and they had to pull it .. They all was very nice and very good to me and my son ! The doc actually took the time to play with my son to make him his feel comfortable and safe with her .. my son let her take him from me and I knew he would be ok even tho I still cry like a baby lol .. but I just wanted to take this time to say THANK YOU !! So much to all u ladies and to his doc today .. He even got a nickname peanut lol .. I’m proud to say my son now has a dentist to for to ! Thanks again for everything! You guys are the BEST!!!
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I take all my children here. After a bad experience at another pediatric office, my kids hated the dentist. Since we switched to GBPD my kids don’t scream or cry when it’s time to go to the dentist!
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