Teeth are that part of the body, without which we can imagine our lives to be really pathetic. And our affection to teeth is evident from the day when a child gets his first tooth and the whole family celebrates the joy.
But usually at this time, the children get irritated and to stop this irritation, parents usually start feeding their children with some kinds of sweets so their mouth remains occupied and they do not get any irritated feel.
This, however, is a good idea to shut the crying mouths, but in the long run, can cost you a lot.
Today, more than half of the world’s population is vulnerable to deadly oral health diseases and infancy is the most vulnerable age group.
The main evil coming towards our children’s oral health is Early Childhood Caries or mostly known as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. The most vulnerable children are those who have a lot of sugar in their diets. These are the children who depend upon sweetened liquid diets most of the time. Their diets may consist of sweets like milk, breast milk, formula, fruit juice or any other sweetened drink.
ECC or Early Childhood Caries doesn’t leave any traces in the initial stages, but when it develops it can cause a ton of deadly diseases to the infants.
Now, we are known to the problem, let’s know what real demon it is. Let’s know how ferocious the problem is, how it could be stopped.
What is Early Childhood Caries
We can define this disease to be the presence of a decayed tooth (teeth), some missing teeth along with some filled tooth surfaces in a set of primary teeth of children ageing between 0 and 6 years.
This disease could be a multifactorial disease having its origin from bacteria. Actually, when sweets enter the body, the carbohydrates are broken down by the bacteria which further gives birth to various acids responsible for corrosion of minerals of teeth. And seriously talking, this usually ends up with the child getting cavities. This disease needs extensive treatment which might also end up your 22-month son or daughter in an operating room if the condition is serious.
This is not a disease to be careless with. If it is left unchecked, it can cause some wreck to the teeth and have the ability to even destroy them to bits. Saving money now can cost you thousands in future. If they are left untreated, they would not just bring high bills later, but would also bring unbearable pain and discomfort.
ECC these days is on a hunt and its favourite prey is the youth of today. The latest medical reports suggest that more than half of the children of India below the age of 5 years have been affected by Early Childhood Caries.
This disease is eating the lives of innocents like a pest. And to add fuel to the fire, it is a silent invader which cant be detected in its initial stage.
Parents need to take their child for the first dental checkup within 12 months of the first tooth eruption. A layman can’t see the difference, but a professional; can detect if there is something wrong going on with the teeth of the child.
Now, we have come known to the problem, we know danger it brings along. Let’s know how to prevent it.
How to prevent Early Childhood Caries?
There are some tips which when followed can decrease the risk of ECC to a great extent. Some of them are:
- Teach your child to start drinking from the cup as soon as possible. While drinking from the cup, liquid won’t pool around the teeth.
- Avoid using dipping pacifiers in any liquid which is sweetened.
- Clean your child’s gums with cloth and water when he is just a few days or months old. When he/she erupts the first tooth, use soft brush twice a day.
- Adopt a healthy diet for your child having less starchy and sugary snacks and drinks.
- Allow your child to drink from the bottle only at times of meal. Keeping the bottle in the mouth for all the time is of no good. Don’t allow your child to drink from a bottle for more than 3 times a day.
Most importantly, keep your child away from the sugary things or just limit its intake. Facts show that a child drinking from a bottle even after the age of 15 months is more likely to contact ECC.
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