Start early with your kids age two is the best time to have kids visit dental office. Early childhood caries also known as baby bottle caries, baby bottle tooth decay, and bottle rot. It is characterized by severe decay in the front teeth of infants or young children. Early childhood caries (ECC) is a very common bacterial infection. It is caused when a child goes to bed with a bottle filled with milk or juice – anything except water.
Bacteria in the mouth use these sugars as food. They then produce acids that attack the teeth. After many attacks, the teeth can decay. Nursing bottle caries usually affects children between the ages of 1 and 2. If your infant falls asleep while breastfeeding, he is also at risk.
Treatment that begins while a child is growing helps produce the best results. Most treatment begins when patients are between 8 and 14. During the early developmental growth of jaw bone, the teeth size can be measured through diagnostic radiographs. By this measurement the anticipated space for the permanent teeth can be precisely planned. Also it is possible to guide the teeth and modify jaw alignment for good stability. Over the years research has shown that early orthodontic treatment started during “growth spurts” has more predictable outcome in teeth alignment.