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Baby's Teeth


A comforting solution today could lead to a greater problem tomorrow.

When babies cry it's natural to want to comfort them, but giving them a bottle containing a sweet drink, or a pacifier dipped in sugary water is not the way to do it. Babies can develop Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, caused by sugar clinging to their teeth which is used by bacteria in the mouth to attack the teeth.

Even though permanent teeth will eventually replace baby teeth, it is important to be watchful of your baby's dental health to ensure healthy gums and healthy, properly positioned permanent teeth.

A few simple steps to prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay:
Don't allow your baby to fall asleep with a bottle containing milk, formula, fruit juice, breast milk or any other sweetened liquid.
After feedings, wipe baby's gums with a clean damp cloth.

You can even start brushing your baby's teeth as soon as the first tooth appears, and it's best to wean babies by their first birthday and begin offering liquids in a cup.

What to look for...
Dull white spots or lines on the teeth may be the first signs of cavities. If you do suspect that your child may have Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, see your dentist right away.

Request your personal appointment online.

What to expect...
A child will normally have all twenty primary teeth by the age of three. By age five permanent teeth will begin replacing primary teeth. However, if a primary tooth is lost early, whether to tooth decay or to an accident, surrounding teeth may shift position or tip into the vacant space. If this occurs, a permanent tooth may not have enough room to grow in properly, and come in crooked or rotated. However, the space left by a lost tooth can be kept open by a space maintainer fitted and placed by your dentist, pediatric dentist or orthodontist. This will allow the permanent tooth to position itself properly, and will then be removed by your dentist when the permanent tooth is ready to erupt. A space maintainer can be attached to one tooth or to teeth on opposite sides of the vacant space, and can be a removable appliance as well.

While taking away from a nice smile, crooked teeth are also difficult to clean and are more susceptible to decay. Chewing is more difficult and crooked teeth tend to wear down quicker than straight teeth. Ensuring that baby's primary teeth remain healthy will result in healthy permanent teeth. If you have questions about your baby's teeth or if your child has lost a primary tooth, talk to Dr. Sharifi.


This health article is made available by
Dr. M. Naser Sharifi DDS a Dentist. Family Dentistry office at 253-15 80th Ave, Floral Park, NY 11004. Dr. Sharifi is easily accessible from Albertson, Bayside, Bellerose, Cambria Heights, Elmont, Floral Park, Flushing, Franklin Square, Fresh Meadows, Garden City, Glen Oaks, Great Neck, Hollis, Jamaica, Little Neck, Manhasset, Mineola, New Hyde Park, Oakland Gardens, Queens Village, Roslyn, Roslyn Heights, Saint Albans, Valley Stream, West Hempstead, and Williston Park.

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