When the process of teething begins, a serious concern for parents is the possibility of baby bottle tooth decay. This is a common term for Early Childhood Caries (ECC), an issue that negatively affects the oral health of infants and children. ECC is the lengthened exposure of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain sugar. Among these are milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice, and other sweetened beverages. Our office is happy to help with this worry by offering early childhood caries treatment in Rockwall and Heath, Texas. There are basic steps to take such as:
- Knowing how to properly wipe your child’s gums after a feeding
- Knowing what kind of toothbrush and toothpaste is best
- Teaching how to brush and floss correctly, and how often to do so
- Supplying your child with a proper diet that does not expose them to sugars extensively
At such a young age, Drs. Morgan, Allman, and Compton focus on not damaging the delicate enamel and gum tissue in your child’s mouth. You can use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste but each child’s dental needs vary, so consult with Rockwall Pediatric Dentistry about the best treatment for your child. ECC is a chronic disease and if left untreated can lead to disrupted dental development, expensive treatments, and infection. Please call our office at 972-771-9933 to set up a consultation with our doctors to learn more about ECC.