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You may have heard of baby bottle tooth decay and thought, “does it matter that baby pearly whites rot because they fall out anyway?” The answer is very much yes, it does matter. Read below to find out why.

Although baby bottle tooth decay impacts the baby chompers, effects from the sickness can harbor into adulthood. Because baby teeth are placeholders for adult pearly whites, premature loss of baby pearly whites can affect the spacing of adult chompers, potentially making crooked teeth that will need orthodontic processing. Other side effects of baby bottle tooth decay include the need for speech therapy (when speech-significant chompers are lost) and bad oral habits that can affect everything from self-confidence to diet problems.

Though baby bottle tooth decay is the most common ailment for children under 6 years old in the United States, not all children are equally at risk. Studies have found that risk factors are greater for Mexican-American children and those who have had an appointment with a dentist within 12 months. Children living in conditions below the poverty line are also extra vulnerable to developing baby bottle tooth decay.

The Kenneth M. Schweizer, DDS, PA team in Sarasota, Florida, is composed of baby bottle tooth decay experts. When you work with Dr. Kenneth Schweizer and their staff, you can have confidence that you’re in the right hands. Please call 941-926-4888 now so the team can set up your next appointment.