May 1st, 2013
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay – The Minority Report
April 7, 2013 Children and Infants
What is Bottle Tooth Decay?
Baby bottle tooth decay is a condition of weak and deteriorating teeth made worse if your children are constantly drinking a bottle. Bottle tooth decay, also called toddler tooth decay is preventable in infants and toddlers.
How to Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
1. Breastfeeding your infant is one way to avoid baby bottle tooth decay. Breastfeeding your kids will also help make it a lot less likely your kids will need braces. My mother had six children. The last two were the only ones that weren’t breastfed, and they both ended up needing braces for mouth development developed teeth.
2. Avoid using pacifiers to often. Another way to avoid baby tooth decay, is to not give your children a pacifier or a bottle right before they go to bed at night. Infants should not fall asleep drinking a bottle or sucking on a pacifier. If they do, carefully remove the bottle from their mouth.
3. Avoid drinks containing lots of sugars. You also need to make sure not to give your children sweet drinks. These sweet drinks include apple juices, and low-fat milk. (Skim Milk is especially high in sugar, and low in fat soluble vitamins and minerals. It should never be fed to young children.) Don’t feed your kids sugar. It doesn’t matter how cute they are or how much they beg for it. They aren’t going to want sugar unless you have already given one to them. Once you do, most children will become addicted to it very quickly. Take my advice, and starting young, just don’t give them any sugar. Sugar will not help their bodies develop and it isn’t good for them. Never give your children hard candies to suck on because these are some of the worst things for their teeth. Do not feed your kids juice in a bottle regularly. If you do, dilute the juice so it isn’t concentrated.
4. - Eat healthy foods! This is super important! Your children need proper nutrition to keep their teeth healthy. For young breastfeeding children, they are dependent on you for their nutrition. Make sure that you eat healthy too. As children get older, make smarter choices that involve fresh fruits and vegetables, and foods from full sources such as milk from grass-fed cows. This will help your kids to properly develop, and have incredibly strong teeth. If you don’t think you can afford grass-fed milk, then switch the sugar puffs for oatmeal. (That should pay for the difference.)
5. Upgrade them to a Sippy Cup – When your child gets to be about 14 to 15 months, they need to be drinking out of a sippy
cup instead of a bottle. This should help to prevent baby bottle tooth decay also.
How does Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Affect Your Teeth?
Most of the time, it is the upper front teeth that are affected. The real cause of decay is prolonged exposure to sugar. When drinks contain sugar, these can easily make a baby’s mouth acidic. When sugar is metabolized by bacteria in your baby’s mouth, it becomes acidic. Acid will start to demineralize and weaken developing teeth. once teeth become weak, it can create cavities very easily. Once this occurs, so will tooth decay.
Children’s teeth are actually very important. Their baby teeth help to hold placement in their mouth until the real teeth can come in. Children who prematurely lose their baby teeth are going to be more likely to need braces or to have future problems with their gums.
What are the Primary Causes of Tooth Decay in Infants?
Most dentist will tell you the primary cause is bacteria. Bacteria plays a role in helping destroy your teeth, but they are not the primary cause. The primary cause is high acidity in your mouth.
Some websites, such as those that are sponsored by the ADA, are 100% wrong when it comes to dental health for your children. They will tell you if your child does not get enough fluoride, they’re going to have an increased risk for tooth decay.
I have five children of my own, and I know the traditional teachings are wrong about fluoride. Your children should NEVER be exposed to fluoride. Fluoride will kill developing teeth. My son was exposed to fluoride at the age of seven months. As a result, three of his teeth were severely deteriorated, and one of them crumbled away entirely. Do not give your small children fluoride toothpaste. If they brush their teeth, either do not use any toothpaste, or use a fluoride free variety. There is no ‘miracle cure’ to fluoride. It is a toxic substance. It is especially bad for small children and often is the direct cause of baby and toddler tooth decay. More than 30% (Now, it is 41%) of adolescents suffer from fluorosis. Fluorosis is a condition where too much fluoride actually poisons and discolors your teeth permanently. Children are is specially susceptible to fluorosis because their teeth are still developing.
ADA sponsored sites will also tell you that bacteria and saliva is what causes your babies teeth to decay. The first time I read this, I said what? When I spend time with my kids, I’m actually ruining their teeth! After thinking about it for a minute, I realized that they were wrong again! I have a nine month old that crawls and puts everything she finds on the floor in her mouth. To say that bacteria are the cause of cavities is almost laughable. My nine-month-old girl, spends all day crawling and chewing on random objects. She is starting to get perfect teeth, but she also has tons and tons of bacteria. Bacteria thrive in your mouth. However they are symbiotic. They help you digest your food. The so-called ‘bad bacteria’ are essential to helping you digest sugar. Even the dental experts would have to concede to this fact.
As long as you can keep your child’s teeth healthy by giving them a healthy diet, and not exposing them to a lot of sugar, their teeth will stay strong and fully mineralized. We also give our kids vitamin A and D supplements in the form of natural cod liver. This is helping out substantially.