Baby Teeth: Problems and Solutions

If you are concerned about the health of your baby’s teeth you should have them seen by a dental professional as soon as possible.

Tooth decay can be a very serious hazard on your child’s teeth and gums.


Tooth decay presents itself when the surface of your child’s teeth are damaged.

While the list below contains the most common symptom of tooth decay it is important to note that tooth decay does not always show itself right away.

You can prevent tooth decay in your child through early and regular dentist visits.

  • Swollen gums
  • Unpleasant breath odor
  • Discoloration on the tooth- typically black, white or brown spots
  • Toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity to the heat or to cold substances
  • Irritability
  • Fever

Baby Bottles and Rotten Teeth

It is not uncommon for infants to develop tooth decay as a result of bottle feedings.

Never let your child fall asleep with a bottle of milk, formula or juice in their mouth as the residual sugar can stick to the teeth and cause decay.

Additionally, while some parents find that dipping their child’s pacifier in a sweet substance such as honey can help a child attach to the pacifier this is a surefire way to affect baby teeth negatively.


Depending on the severity of your child’s rotten teeth your dentist should be able to help.

Early signs of tooth rot can even sometimes be resolved through a flouride treatment.  

In more severe cases you child’s dentist may need to apply a filling in the tooth’s rotten areas or even perform a root canal.

Dr. Loretta Smith

Dr. Loretta Smith and her staff of certified professionals do their best to provide the best in dental care for your child in and around the Chicago area.

To learn more about the complete list of services offered at the office of Dr. Loretta Smith, including solutions for baby teeth problems in Chicago, or to contact the office directly, visit the website today or call (773)445-7777.

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