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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Baby bottle tooth decay describes a condition that occurs in toddlers and infants. Your baby's teeth are important despite being temporary. Children require strong and healthy teeth to speak, chew food and smile. Therefore, it is important you ensure good oral care in order to protect your baby's teeth. This decay occurs due to long-term and recurrent exposure of your child's teeth to liquids comprising sugars for instance sodas and fruit juice. This condition could be serious and could result in infection and pain if untreated.

 

Causes

This condition occurs when you expose your baby's teeth to excess sugar. As a result, bacteria in your baby's mouth thrive on the sugar, multiply, and generate acid as waste product. The acid then attacks your baby's tooth enamel and teeth, leading to tooth decay. Tooth decay can also arise when you put your baby to bed with a bottle or when you use a bottle as a pacifier. This condition could also begin with the transmission of bacteria from mother to child. The transmission of these bacteria occurs through saliva. If your toddler or infant receives insufficient fluoride, he or she may also face an increased likelihood of developing tooth decay. Sugar is present in items such as:

 

  • Milk
  • Juice
  • Infant formula
  • Snacks

 

Symptoms

The caries that originate from decay can occur in any of your baby's teeth. However, they are frequently visible on their upper teeth. They can emerge as brown or dark spots on your baby's teeth. Common tooth decay symptoms include:

 

  • Teeth cavities
  • Bleeding or swollen gums
  • Fever arising from tooth or gum infection
  • White spots on your baby's teeth
  • Painful toothaches
  • Mouth pain and infection could arise
  • Irritability and swelling of the face and cheeks may accompany infection

 

Potential Complications

Severe or widespread tooth decay could result in the following complications:

 

  • Crooked permanent teeth
  • Serious infections
  • Pain
  • Increased likelihood of tooth abscess

 

Preventative Tips

 

  • Reduce sugar consumption particularly between meals.
  • Gradually dilute the contents of the bottle with water over a 2-3 week period.
  • You should not use sweeteners on a pacifier.
  • Avoid extended use of pacifiers.
  • Restrict the quantity of juice your child receives.
  • Promote healthy habits and restrict sweets.
  • Your child should not go to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. The sugar contained in the liquid will sit on your baby's teeth for hours.  If it is necessary for your child to have a bottle, it should contain water.
Posted by: Admin Admin on 8/17/2014
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Are Dental X-rays Necessary?

There has been some buzz about dental X-Rays. Are they really necessary, why do we need them, how are they useful to diagnosis and treatment plan? Well, we’re going to attempt to address some of these concerns.

 

Dental X-Rays are essential to a dentist’s diagnostic and treatment procedures, since they are able to detect underlying oral issues which physical examinations cannot detect. Through dental X-Rays, a dentist can find out whether you have cavities, issues in the jaw bones and surrounding ligaments, tumors and gum diseases and infections.

 

How often?

 

How often you should have an X-ray done however differs from one patient to the next. Your dentist should consider such factors as your age, levels of risk and your overall health before deciding to recommend dental X-rays for you.

 

What needs to be dispelled is the notion that everyone should have dental X-rays taken every time they go for annual dental check-ups. Instead, they should be tailored on individual basis. The ADA determined that barring arising issues requiring X-Ray diagnosis, healthy children may have dental X-rays taken every year or two and healthy adults do so every two to three years.

 

What’s the risk?

 

We are all continually being exposed to radiation we can do little about, phones, microwaves and other electronics, so definitely we want to limit any further exposure owing to the risks associated with radiation. There was a study released and published in April’s issue of Cancer that linked frequent dental X-rays to greater risk for brain tumors and meningioma’s, particularly if they are done in childhood.

 

From 1989, the American Dental Association recommended that dental X-Rays be taken only when necessary for diagnosis or treatment of a patient. The ADA also published some guidelines to assist dentists to limit the exposure to radiation to the lowest levels possible. Such guidelines include having on protective aprons and acquiring X-ray machines with lower radiation emissions.

 

Final Word

 

There is a lot of information being released and a lot of studies are being conducted to try and pin down the risks versus gains of dental X-Rays, which is a good thing. However, it’s important not to get carried away amid the mountains of contradicting information. What you need to know is that you should probably allow your dentist to carry out dental X-Rays only if a problem is detected or suspected and needs to be looked into.

 

For your annual or bi-annual routine check-ups, try to find out why the dentist wants to take the x- ray, and if it is absolutely necessary. Otherwise, ask the dentist to forego the procedure. This is especially true for children, whose tissues are not as yet fully developed and therefore more susceptible to damage. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 8/14/2014
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