Treat Infant Tooth Decay

August 16, 2012 Tooth Decay

infant tooth decayI have a nine-month-old baby, and the last thing I want is to worry about infant tooth today. Unfortunately, tooth decay in infants is a real problem. My three-year-old son had infant tooth decay when he was younger. For him, the tooth decay was caused by fluorosis, a tooth disease, caused by a high amount of fluoride in water and in toothpaste. I will include infant tooth decay pictures very soon. The very things that are supposed to protect your teeth, actually caused three of my son’s teeth to deteriorate, and one to crumble completely. Not surprisingly, I am not a fan of fluoride or fluoride treatments, especially for children.

Infant tooth decay is a serious issue. If your infant’s teeth are starting to decay, it may cause a lot of problems later on. Baby teeth help hold placement for your new teeth so that your new teeth can come in straight. Baby teeth also help to protect your gums. In order to avoid infant tooth decay, you need to know what causes it, and what you can do to help cure it.

Infant tooth decay typically occurs during early childhood. The problems will affect your upper and lower front teeth.

A lot of your baby’s health is going to be dependent on their oral health. When a baby has strong and healthy teeth, your baby won’t have trouble chewing food. Your baby’s teeth will also have the right spacing needed for the adult teeth to grow in.

What Causes Infant Tooth Decay?

sugar causes tooth decayThe main cause of tooth decay in children is sugar. If you haven’t started feeding your kids sugar yet, then don’t do it. Children become addicted to sugar very quickly. Unfortunately, to their small bodies, sugar can be a powerful stimulant and they can become addicted to it. Sugar can ruin adult teeth, but it can ruin your children’s teeth even faster.

Small children seem to be constantly drinking. Their formula, as well as fruit juices, contain a lot of sugar. We think we are rewarding children by giving them fruit snacks, or hard candies. These are some of the worst things we can do for their teeth. Sugary snacks get stuck in their teeth and produce acids for several hours, that cause tooth decay. Hard candies continually coat their teeth with acidic saliva.

Let’s explain it with a little more detail. Strong and healthy teeth are very much immune to cavities. Once teeth become weak, they become very susceptible. Your teeth contain bacteria that metabolize sugar. This process is essential to digestion. However, the byproduct of the bacteria in your saliva metabolizing sugar is that it creates acid in your mouth. When your teeth are exposed to a pH that is below 5.5, it immediately encourages them to demineralize, where calcium and phosphate ions are leaked out of your teeth. This can go on for quite some time, before the damage becomes permanent. Once your teeth become demineralized, it is very easy for a cavity to form and for bacteria to start moving in.

Prevent Toddler Tooth Decay

Breastmilk is one of the best things for preventing toddler tooth decay. Most people will nurse their babies until they are about one year old. This gives them a healthy start to their teeth. Breastmilk tends to reduce the amount of acid producing bacteria in your mouth

tooth decay in infantsDo not give your children drinks that are high in sugar. Your children do not need the sugar. It is actually not good for them either. Sugar can ruin children’s teeth, especially when they are just developing.

When you put your children to bed, try giving them water. Don’t give them juice or milk. It might cause their saliva to become acidic, and demineralize their teeth. Make sure to remove your bottle out of your kids mouth as soon as they fall asleep.

As soon as they are able, teach children to drink out of a sippy cup instead of the bottle. Generally they have to be over 14 or 15 months before they will want to change.

What Can You Do for Your Children?

Fortunately, tooth decay in infants is avoidable. Avoid fluoride toothpaste. This can actually damage children’s teeth. My son was exposed to a very small amount of toothpaste, and this ruined four of his front teeth. Also try and avoid fluoridated water for children as much as possible.

When children are small, you can wipe their teeth clean with a rag. As they get older, you may want to use a toothbrush. It works great even if you do not use any toothpaste to brush with.

preventing infant tooth decayMake sure to feed your children a healthy diet. We give our small children a supplement of cod liver oil for breakfast every day. It works well as an infant tooth decay treatment. This way, we can make sure they’re getting the vitamins and minerals they need to have healthy and strong teeth. It also helps to prevent infant tooth decay. Also make sure that you do not eat very much sugar throughout the day. Your children will follow your example. And if you eat a lot of sweets, they will do it too.

Don’t be fooled by what most sites say about fluoride. Fluoride makes your teeth brittle and might even cause infant tooth decay. If have too much fluoride, your teeth will even fall out. More and more children are becoming victims of fluorosis. Statistics indicate that 40% of our current population of adolescents has some form of fluorosis. Do not take your children to get a fluoride treatment.

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