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Brown stains on my baby's teeth

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Posted by: johan33  (9 years ago)
My 15-month old baby has brown stains on her four upper front teeth, some of the teeth looks like they have been eaten away. The four at the bottom are perfect. She goes to bed with her milk and water. Whenever she wakes up in the middle of the night, she would ask for her water (in bottle). She wouldn't be pacified without it. I clean her teeth with a wash cloth but the stains won't come off! What can I do to get rid of the stains? Is she too young to go to the dentist? Please advise. Thanks!
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Posted by: Manchy  (9 years ago)
Did you know "milk contains sugar" and it's the type of sugar bacteria in the mouth like. Sleeping with a bottle is a big no no. Bacteria "eats" this type of sugar (and other types) and ferment it to produce acids (i.e lactic acid), as acids are left probably all night everyday for 13 months, the teeth will start to dissolve and look like what you have described.
I would say your child probably have what is called "bottle caries" it is a type of teeth decay seen on the four upper front teeth. Your child should have been encouraged to drink from a cup from the age of 6 months and by the age of 1 year she should have started drinking of the cup. You should aim to brush her teeth twice daily with a fluoride containing toothpaste up to the age of 5 then use an adult toothpaste (contains higher concentration of fluoride) after that age, there are available fluoride toothpastes with mild flavor for children.
No it's not too early for visiting ur dentist, the child should visit the dentist as soon as his/her teeth come-out for regular checkups, prevention treatment and to familiarize the child with dental appointments.
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Posted by: ghnane  (9 years ago)
Dear johan33, try switching to water instead of milk. Make sure to visit the dentist. Those are not stains I believe your child is developing early childhood caries the reason why the bottom teeth are clean is because your child's tongue covers over them as mils bathes the upper teeth. Visit your dentist have them apply fluoride varnish but I would stick to baby toothpaste to be on the safe side.
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Posted by: johan33  (9 years ago)
Thank you for answering my questions! We've started training her to drink from cup. I was told to only bring her to the dentist when she's at the age of 3 that's why I was not sure if we'll visit the dentist or not. I'm glad I joined this forum. :-) Your information are very helpful! Thanks again!
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