Baby bottle and Tooth decay.
As you all know tooth decay but we would like to know what really means and what are the causes and complications of it and mainly baby bottle, how it affects tooth decay. What is its main intention? Before that, we discuss tooth decay. The decay of the outer layer of the tooth caused by acids. These acids are created when plaque bacteria break down sugar in your mouth also known as cavities.
So, let’s begin with the causes of cavities. Cavities are caused by tooth decay. Dental plaque is a clear sticky film that covers your teeth. It’s due to lots of sugar intake and not cleaning your teeth well. When they are not cleaned from your teeth bacteria quickly begin feeding on them and form plaque and it makes shell for bacteria. The acids from the plaque remove minerals in your tooth’s hard outer enamel. This erosion causes tiny openings or holes in the enamel or outer layer of the tooth, the first step of cavities. As tooth decay develops, the bacteria and acids continue their March through your teeth moving next to the inner tooth material that contains nerves and blood vessels. The pulp becomes swollen and irritated from bacteria. Discomfort can even extend outside of the tooth root to the bone and there will be swelling associated tooth. Major causes are sugar, sticky foods, beverages. The more consumed the more acid which leads to tooth decay.
Symptoms of caries vary depending on their extent and location. If the cavity just beginning you may not get any symptoms at all. As the decay gets deeper you start feeling toothache or pain that occurs without any apparent cause. Tooth sensitivity, mild or sharp pain during eating or drinking. Visible brown-black holes in your tooth.
Now we start with one major cause of tooth decay is a baby bottle. Tooth decay in infants and young children is often referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. When sweetened liquids or those with natural sugar like milk, formula, fruit juice cling to infants’ teeth for a long time. Bacteria in the mouth thrive on this sugar and form acids that attract the tooth. The condition also associated with breastfed infants who have prolonged feeding habits or with children pacifiers are frequently dipped in honey, sugar or syrups. While the infant is sleeping raise the risk of cavities. How to prevent this? Never allow children to fall asleep with a bottle containing milk, juice, or sweetened liquids. Be sure to clean and massage baby gums by wrapping moistened gauze around your finger and gently massage the gums. Decrease consumption of sugar between meals. And leads to healthy teeth.