Your child’s baby teeth are just as important as their adult teeth. While some cases of tooth decay may be hereditary, good dental hygiene habits can make all the difference in the health of your child’s smile. Dental information about baby teeth on good hygiene habits at home and preventative care at the dentist will help you prevent baby teeth decay.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
One of the most prevalent reasons we perform baby teeth decay treatments at Smiles for Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics is a disease called infant caries syndrome, or baby bottle tooth decay syndrome. It is usually caused when children sleep with bottles or sippy cups, causing severe cavities that develop rapidly in a young child’s mouth.
Other causes include frequently drinking sweet liquids and sharing utensils with their parents. When a baby shares utensils with adults, their mouths are introduced to bacteria that they may not have the antibodies to fight.
Baby bottle tooth decay may affect all of the teeth, but it is most prevalent in the front teeth and upper jaw. If the problem becomes too severe, the best baby teeth decay treatment is tooth extraction.
Why are Baby Teeth Important?
Baby teeth are important in the development of your child’s adult teeth as they hold the space where future adult teeth with grow. If your child requires a tooth extraction the space needed for the adult tooth is lost and can only be replaced through space maintainers and/or orthodontics.
For more baby teeth dental information, and to learn how you can prevent tooth decay in your child, see our infant dental hygiene and child dental hygiene pages.
Smiles for Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics strives to provide the best pediatric dentistry in Albuquerque, NM. Call our caring staff at our Westside location at 505-892-9010 or our Northeast Heights office at 505-299-9606 to set up an appointment.