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Decay of primary teeth - photos, treatment, prevention


Caries in infants and young children is often called bottle decay. It arises as a result adhesion of sugars from sweetened beverages and naturally occurring (e.g. in milk) to teeth. Bacteria multiply on the tartar, leading to formation of cavities. Especially at risk of decay of milk teeth are babies fed long at night and using teats soaked in sweet solutions.

Should decay of milk teeth be treated? How to prevent it?

decay of milk teeth

There is no point in taking care of lotions?

Some still repeat the myth of supposedly caring for milk teeth was pointless. The awareness that this is only a temporary shrine, that the mollusks fall out, can calm moms and daddies. However, this approach to the topic at its root has an error.

Deciduous teeth have a very important function. Their good condition affects correct speech, effective biting, absorption of nutrients, as well as a nice look, which is reflected in the toddler's well-being and perception among his peers.

Too rapid loss of milk teeth due to tooth decay can lead to poor speech development, developing abnormal eating habits and even crooked teeth and damage to permanent teeth.

When is it worth going to the dentist with your child for the first time?

Decay of milk teeth is a disease

Ignoring milk tooth decay is silly. Caries is a disease, causes damage to the structure of permanent teeth, besides, it can promote infections, affect the entire development of the child. It often affects the development of a child's speech and jaw. The longer the decay of milk teeth is untreated, the greater the risk that it will result in damage to permanent teeth, their incorrect positioning.

decay of milk teeth photo

Milk tooth caries - how to prevent it?

Fortunately there are methods to prevent permanent tooth decay. They are them proper hygiene habits, which should be introduced from the early years of a child's life.

  • already in infants, wipe at least twice a day with clean gum gauze. Ideally, if you repeat this after each feeding,
  • start brushing the tooth as soon as it appears. Choose the right paste and shape your habits,
  • go to the dentist - the second time will be a good time. Earlier - when something is bothering you.
  • never let your child fall asleep with the bottle. As a last resort you can agree to fall asleep with a bottle of water,
  • do not give your baby a pacifier dipped in something sweet,
  • try to avoid sweet snacks, especially between meals,
  • start learning how to drink from a cup when your child is half a year old,
  • try to stop using the bottle when your baby is 12-14 months old.
  • limit the amount of juice to one cup per day in a 1: 1 ratio (water: juice)

How do you know if your child has tooth decay?

Early signs of caries in a child may not be easily noticeable, though a careful parent can identify them. It is worth paying attention to development matt white belt along the gum line (at the base of the tooth). This may be the first signal that we are dealing with caries.

The next step is usually already brown spots on the teeth and red, loose gums. At the last, very advanced stage - teeth become black.