Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
What is baby bottle tooth decay?
When an infant or small child develops several cavities, usually on the top front teeth, it is called baby bottle tooth decay. These cavities may look like dark pits, holes or broken teeth and may cause toothaches and make it hard for the child to eat.
What causes baby bottle tooth decay?
It happens when liquids that contain sugar are left in a babys mouth for long or frequent periods of time. Even breast milk and formula contain sugar.
How can you protect your childs teeth?
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Are baby teeth important?
Baby teeth are important for chewing food and speaking properly. They also give your child a nice appearance and help to promote a good self image. If they are lost too early, the permanent teeth can come in crowded or out of line. Be sure your child visits a dentist before 2 years of age. These early efforts will be the key to your childs future dental health!
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NOTE: This fact sheet was derived from one previously published by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
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