Did you know that six out of 10 children in the U.S. will have one or more cavities by the time they are 5 years old? And the most dangerous form of decay will come from the most unlikely source – the baby bottle!
This type of decay is known as baby bottle tooth decay or bottle rot.
Baby bottle tooth decay occurs when parents or caregivers give children excessive milk formula or juice to drink. The problem becomes worse when parents or caregivers allow children to recline back with a bottle for an extended period of time.
Natural bacteria in a child’s mouth will feed the sugars found in these drinks, creating an acid that degrades tooth enamel. When the child is reclined with the bottle, the drink will pool around the child’s teeth, thus extending the destructive effects of the acids.
Baby bottle tooth decay is fairly common. When left untreated, it can lead to severe tooth decay that requires extensive dental restorations and extractions. Unfortunately, baby bottle tooth decay is only noticeable when the teeth have begun to deteriorate.
Most treatment for baby bottle tooth decay requires restoration of the child’s teeth using crowns or bridges, and may include extraction of some teeth.
The dentists at Pediatric Dentistry of Valley Stream specialize in treating baby bottle tooth decay. The dentists provide a comprehensive diagnosis and aim to identify the problem as early as possible in order to prevent further decay. The pediatric dentists also provide restoration work with porcelain crowns and bridges for children with severely decayed teeth.