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Nursing bottle caries
Source:  https://www.facebook.com/dentalsurgeon87
Nursing bottle caries

By: Sean Childers  - 16 June, 2011

According to the first-ever US Surgeon General’s report on oral health 
published in May 2000, dental caries, commonly known as tooth decay, 
is the single most common childhood disease.

It is five times more common than asthma, and seven times more common 
than hay fever.

It is also the most prevalent unmet health need among children in 
developed countries.

Today, experts agree that dental caries is an infectious and transmissible 
disease which has a multitude of factors influencing its initiation and 
progression. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that it is also a disease that is both preventable
and treatable.

Early childhood caries is a more infectious and destructive form of tooth 
decay that is recognised by both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 
as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics, as a significant
health problem. Formerly termed ‘nursing bottle caries’ or ‘baby bottle 
tooth decay’, the cause of early childhood caries is much more complex 
and multifactoral making these terms obsolete.

How?

How does a child acquire dental caries?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognises dental caries as an 
infectious disease whose mode of transmission is, for the most part, directly 
from the mother (or primary caregiver) to the infant soon after
birth and by almost anything that involves saliva transfer.

This would include kissing baby on the mouth, pre-chewing food, orally 
cleansing or blowing on a pacifier, sharing utensils or cups, etc.

Transmission from siblings or other children at daycare can also occur in 
similar ways. The bacteria primarily responsible for dental caries is 
Mutans Streptococci.

The higher the levels of Mutans Streptococci in parents, siblings, 
or primary caregivers, such as helpers or nannies, the greater the risk of
transmission to the infant. It is therefore of the utmost importance that 
all members of the family receive timely dental care and practice good 
oral hygiene.

First checkup

When should my child’s first dental visit be? First visit by first birthday 
sums it up.

Dental problems can begin as soon as the first tooth erupts. Also, there 
are many other potential problems such as neonatal teeth, feeding/dietary 
habits, and growth and development concerns that require early detection 
and intervention.

This, in conjunction with the highly destructive and progressive nature of 
early childhood caries, has lead to the American Academy of Pediatric 
Dentistry’s position statement that your child’s first visit to the dental office
should be soon after the eruption of the first primary teeth 
(typically 6-12 months of age) and no later than their
first birthday.

With regards to early childhood caries, by the age of two, the destruction 
of the primary teeth is often complete, leading to what could have been an 
avoidable amount of pain and suffering for your child, premature loss of teeth,
and subsequent space loss and crowding that may then require orthodontic 
interventions.

So remember, prevention is key. Establish a ‘Dental Home’ for your child by 
the age of one.

Sean Childers is a local dentist who is board-certified in paediatric dentistry.
Source: http://www.compasscayman.com/
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