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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Milton, GA
Child Brushing Teeth

Yes, your infant can have dental problems. While you may not see them yet, your baby does have teeth. In fact, humans are born with a full set of teeth – they are just hidden inside the gums until they are ready to emerge. Unfortunately, just because your baby has a gummy smile, doesn’t mean they are exempt from real dental problems. This includes decay!

One of the most common and serious dental health problems in babies and toddlers is known as “baby bottle tooth decay.” This refers to the development of cavities caused by the frequent and long-term exposure to liquids containing sugars, such as milk, formula, fruit juice, sodas and other sweetened drinks. Regardless of one’s age, there is bacteria inside the mouth that thrives on these sugars and produces acids that attack the teeth and gums – including those of an infant! Over time, these acid attacks create dental decay.

Protecting a Growing Smile

The most critical rule in avoiding baby bottle decay is not letting your child fall asleep with a bottle or sippy cup that contains sweetened liquid. Not only will the sugars linger on your baby’s gums for an extended period of time, but saliva production also decreases during sleep. This makes it less likely that the sugars and bacteria will naturally get rinsed away.

At Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry, we encourage parents of infants to clean and massage their baby’s gums once a day. This not only helps to prevent decay, but it also aids in teething. Once your little one is able to spit (around the age of two) you should begin using fluoride toothpaste. Keep in mind that if you are concerned your child may have baby bottle decay, see a dentist right away. Left untreated this pediatric dental condition can lead to severe pain and infection.

Has your baby turned 1? If so, it’s time to schedule his or her first dental visit. Contact our Alpharetta children’s dental clinic today!

Posted on behalf of Georgia Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004

Phone: (770) 521-2100

Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 5:00pm

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An inviting waiting room with the front desk staff greeting me with a smile. Staff was very educated answering as many questions as possible since it was my first consultation for orthodontic help. Dr. Patel was VERY personable giving me all of the options for a plan of action the crowding of my teeth, and gave me all the information (time length, issues to be concerned with, financial differences) to help me choose the best plan for me. His details helped me to feel very comfortable with having to get braces as a female post 25+ years. I definitely recommend him as an orthodontist in the Milton/ North Atlanta area if you are looking for one. Best thing is that the first consultation was absolutely free!

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Wow!!! What a great experience with Dr. Chong and Patel and their team at MDS. I was hesistant to send my kids to anyone but Dr. Chong just made my youngest feel so at ease that I knew this was the right place . And I’m now considering seeing Dr. Patel to finally get my teeth straightened after years of being apprehensive about my apprearance . Thanks to everyone at MDS

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Very happy with Milton Dental Specialists. Having a dentist and orthodontist in one location makes dental exams easy while wearing braces. They have great hours and are very accommodating for kids in school who don’t want to miss school for orthodontic or dental work. Very happy with both the dentist and orthodontist.

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