The short answer is yes, babies (infants and toddlers) can experience tooth decay in their smiles. As soon as the first tooth appears, it is susceptible to attacks from harmful bacteria and acid. This makes it important that as soon as the first tooth emerges in your baby’s smile that it lines up with their first dental appointment or with their first birthday. Your dentist can help monitor their smile, treat any problems, and provide you with helpful tips to keep their smile healthy. The team at My Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX is here to help your family keep their smiles healthy.
As stated above, routine dental healthcare becomes important as soon as the first tooth emerges from the gums. Even before a tooth emerges, it is important to wipe down the gums to help keep the smile clean. After the tooth erupts, be sure to brush twice a day. Be mindful of what goes into the baby bottle. Juices and sodas can promote tooth decay in the front teeth. Juice is a beverage option that should only accompany a meal rather than being sipped on throughout the day. It is very high in sugar and can be a sneaky promoter for cavities. Dental sealants can be applied to baby teeth to add an extra layer of protection to their smile.
Treatment to Protect the Smile
If tooth decay does occur, it is important for it to be treated. While you may think that if the tooth will be lost any way, why does it matter? However, it is important for the teeth to stay in the correct position. Early decay and tooth loss can set the smile up for future problems. Permanent teeth are developing under the baby teeth, so problems with the first set can lead to problems with the permanent smile. Your dentist can talk to you about the options to treat tooth decay in very young smiles.
Yes, babies can get tooth decay
It is important for a child’s first dental appointment to happen after the first tooth emerges. To schedule a consultation call Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.