All About Baby-to-Kid Teeth
An age-by-age cheat sheet for caring for your child's pearly whites
Tooth decay is the number one dental problem of preschoolers: more than half of all three year olds have at least one cavity. Nursing–bottle syndrome is of particular concern. This is decay, usually starting with the upper teeth, in infants and toddlers who are allowed to fall asleep with a bottle in their mouths. During sleep, the teeth are bathed in the sugars found in juice and milk, and decay can be surprisingly rapid. Does it really matter in teeth that are only temporary? Yes. If baby teeth are lost early due to decay, the surrounding teeth tend to move into the gaps. Permanent teeth may then not have enough room to break through, and can end up mal-positioned.
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