Detecting the Signs of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

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Baby bottle tooth decay is a serious dental problem that attacks children’s smiles. This problem usually develops when the child is sent to bed with a bottle full of milk or a sugary liquid or when the teeth are frequently exposed to decay-causing substances for long periods of time. It’s important to get baby bottle tooth decay treated as soon as possible. If it’s treated quickly, less extensive treatments can be used.

To find out if your child has baby bottle tooth decay, our dentist, Dr. Samuel D. Knight, encourages you to look for the following signs:

-White spots on the teeth

-Brown or black spots on the teeth

-Swollen or bleeding gums

-Irritability, fever or swelling (These are signs of infection)

-Bad breath

If your child has any of these symptoms, it’s best to call our office and schedule an appointment right away. The sooner you get the baby bottle tooth decay treated, the better. In fact, if you bring your child in for treatment at the early stages, less invasive treatment can be used to help. Some treatments available are fluoride supplements and treatments, dental crown treatment and tooth extraction. The type of treatment provided will depend on the severity of the cavities.

Call Samuel D. Knight, DDS today at 801-731-3200 if you have any questions, if you would like to know more or if you would like to schedule an appointment. Our dental team will be more than happy to tell you all about and help you treat baby bottle tooth decay in Farr West, Utah.