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Having a child is one of the most exciting yet challenging life accomplishments. As you notice your baby grow into their own personality and begin to understand the world around them, you should also consider the importance of taking care of their most important accessory: their smile! It’s never too early to start thinking about when to schedule a reservation with our family dentist in Bloomingdale or West Loop. During your child’s first visit with us, we may cover the topic of baby bottle tooth decay. If you’ve never heard of it or want more information, read below to find out more.
Baby bottle tooth decay refers to your child’s exposure to sugary drinks such as fruit juice or even breast milk through a bottle, which can, in turn, cause a bacteria buildup in your child’s mouth. You may not realize the effect that sugary drinks can have on your child’s developing mouth, but this type of bacteria thrives on sugar and produce acids that attack the teeth. Baby bottle tooth decay typically occurs in the upper front teeth, although all teeth are at risk of becoming infected.
You may not be as worried because you think that your child will lose those teeth anyway, so it’s not important to monitor them. Your child will likely experience pain and infection if this decay is left untreated. Plus, teeth that are infected or lost too early could result in poor eating habits, crooked teeth, speech problems, or damaged adult teeth.
In addition to scheduling regular visits with our family dentist in Bloomingdale and West Loop, you can wipe your baby’s gums with a washcloth after feeding. Make sure to clean and massage gums in areas that teeth haven’t appeared yet, and ensure that your child is getting enough fluoride.
Healthy baby teeth will result in healthy permanent teeth!
Oral health involves many different facets, including the health of your lips and gums. Unfortunately, not all oral health issues can be avoided through consistent brushing and flossing. Canker sores are the perfect example of this, as about 20 percent of Americans suffer from recurring canker sores. If you’re suffering, know that you’re not alone! Our dentist in Bloomingdale and West Loop can help give advice on how to swiftly treat a canker sore.
Canker sores are also referred to as aphthous ulcers; they are small sores that develop inside of your mouth in areas like your inner cheeks, tongue, the roof of your mouth and your gums. Canker sores are often confused with cold sores, but canker sores cannot be spread to other people. Plus, canker sores typically develop on the inside of the mouth while cold sores develop on the outside of the mouth.
Genetics play a role in whether or not you develop canker sores, but other factors include trauma to the inside of the mouth, fatigue, stress or nutritional deficiencies. Our team can evaluate your canker sore development and help determine the underlying cause.
Avoiding spicy or acidic foods is a good starting point when treating your cold sore. You can also opt for over-the-counter pain relievers and topical anesthetics to help lessen your discomfort. If you notice your canker sore is lasting for more than two weeks, please contact our team!
Not only does our dentist in Bloomingdale want you to look your best, but, more importantly, feel your best.