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Baby Bottle Decay – Kids’ Care & Dental in Chicago Ridge

What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Baby bottles are one of the most common things parents give to their young children. Baby bottles are usually filled with milk, formula, water, or juice. While baby bottles are a staple of good parenting, and a great way to soothe growing babies and ensure they get adequate nutrition, they can also pose a threat to developing teeth and dental health.

While baby teeth are not meant to be permanent, and will eventually be replaced by adult teeth, they are still important to our oral health. They allow children to speak and chew their food. They also act as placeholders for adult teeth that develop later, ensuring those teeth do not erupt at crooked angles or come in too far apart from one another.

The frequent use of baby bottles may cause premature cavities and even excessive tooth decay in infants and young children. This occurs when a child falls asleep with their bottle in their mouth, and the sugary contents in the bottle collect on the teeth, leading to bacteria and acid build-up. Typically, the front teeth located in the top row are most affected by baby bottle tooth decay.

In order to prevent this, parents should not allow children to sleep with their baby bottle. They should also make sure that they only fill the bottle with milk, formula, or clear water. While formula and milk can be high in sugar, it is important to avoid juice and other sweet drinks when possible.

Parents should also schedule their child’s first appointment at a trusted pediatric dentist in Chicago Ridge as soon as their child’s first tooth erupts, or by the time they turn one. Typically, children will get their first baby tooth between six months and one year old.

Following the first appointment, it is important that you take your child in for regular dental visits. Clean their teeth and gums until they are old enough to use a toothbrush. Once they can brush on their own, parents must teach their children how to brush properly.

One of The Best Pediatric Dentists Near Chicago

If you are searching for a trusted, experienced pediatric dentist in or near the Chicago area, check out Chicago KiDDS today. Our team of pediatric dental professionals is always here to make sure your children maintain beautiful, healthy smiles throughout their lives. Schedule an appointment at our dental office online, or when you call (708) 448-6700 today.

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Dr. Neal is the best! From the first time I took my son to see him I've never had any complaints. The staff is so friendly and the office is so warm and welcoming. Highly recommend Chicago KiDDS Pediatric Dentistry

Elva Ortiz-Espinoza

This place is awesome! We have been going here for 3 years now and they are amazing with my daughter. She loves going to the dentist!

Jessica Noble

We were recently in the Chicago area visiting family when my 5 yr old son chipped a tooth while playing with his cousins. My sister-in-law called Chicago Kidds (her kid's dentist) to see if they could see my son on short notice. Not only did they squeeze him in on what appeared to be a very busy day, the staff was very friendly and they did a great job fixing the tooth. Thanks Chicago Kidds, you guys are awesome!

Dan H.

Best children’s dentist in the southern suburbs! They are patient and kind with the kids, explaining their procedures every step of the way. Office staff are super friendly. Sanitization and distance procedures are currently in place. My kids actually like going to the dentist.

Margarita W

What an awesome experience! They were highly recommended by numerous friends and they definitely lived up to it. The staff was so great with my kids. I am so happy that we found them. Everyone was extremely friendly and professional. The doctor was great too! We'll be back!

Heather W

Fantastic experience from the minute we walked in! They made my kids feel at ease and everyone was extremely friendly. The staff walked my kids through everything. Very child friendly atmosphere. I cant say enough great things about this dentist!!!

Karen K

Dr. Neal is the best! From the first time I took my son to see him I've never had any complaints. The staff is so friendly and the office is so warm and welcoming. Highly recommend Chicago KiDDS Pediatric Dentistry

Elva Ortiz-Espinoza

This place is awesome! We have been going here for 3 years now and they are amazing with my daughter. She loves going to the dentist!

Jessica Noble

We were recently in the Chicago area visiting family when my 5 yr old son chipped a tooth while playing with his cousins. My sister-in-law called Chicago Kidds (her kid's dentist) to see if they could see my son on short notice. Not only did they squeeze him in on what appeared to be a very busy day, the staff was very friendly and they did a great job fixing the tooth. Thanks Chicago Kidds, you guys are awesome!

Dan H.

Best children’s dentist in the southern suburbs! They are patient and kind with the kids, explaining their procedures every step of the way. Office staff are super friendly. Sanitization and distance procedures are currently in place. My kids actually like going to the dentist.

Margarita W

What an awesome experience! They were highly recommended by numerous friends and they definitely lived up to it. The staff was so great with my kids. I am so happy that we found them. Everyone was extremely friendly and professional. The doctor was great too! We'll be back!

Heather W

Fantastic experience from the minute we walked in! They made my kids feel at ease and everyone was extremely friendly. The staff walked my kids through everything. Very child friendly atmosphere. I cant say enough great things about this dentist!!!

Karen K