Friday, July 13, 2012
Medical Reports: Dental Danger
We all know it's important to keep our teeth and gums healthy, but at what age should parents be taking their little ones to the dentist? One family learned the hard way. 7s Alexis Rivera shows us how to avoid this Dental danger.
Jaime Feliu: "He started complaining every time he brushed his teeth that it was bothering him."
His dad took him to the dentist and what he learned was shocking.
Jaime Feliu: "Like 14 cavities."
Little Jeremy was suffering from something known as bottle rot.
Dr. Charlene Walker: "It occurs with nighttime nursing of the baby, or putting the baby to sleep with a bottle that contains milk or sugared beverages."
Dr. Charlene Walker a pediatric dentist says, the milk causes bacteria to grow overnight and attack the teeth.
Dr. Charlene Walker: "Worst case scenario is that you get some very, very large cavities on the baby teeth, which can result in infection and pain."
She says if your child refuses food or the gums bleed after brushing, these could be signs of tooth decay.
Dr. Charlene Walker: "I have seen it so bad as to all 20 baby teeth have to be removed or surgically extracted due to cavities."
Jeremy needed surgery to restore his teeth. Dr. Walker says parents shouldn't wait to bring their child to see the dentist.
Dr. Charlene Walker: "A parent should take their child to the dentist as early as they see the first tooth enter the mouth."
Dr. Charlene Walker: "Dad what I want to do now is show you how you can properly brush his teeth at home."
It's also important to brush twice a day especially before bed time. And if they must sleep with a bottle .
Dr. Charlene Walker: "Drinking water, tap water is fine."
Jeremy loves to brush his teeth.
Jaime Feliu: "You are done. Good job Poppy."
And he's smiling again back to having fun with his dad.
Jamie Feliu: "He's doing great."
Alexis Rivera: "Dr. Walker says it's also important to find a dentist who specializes in working with children like Miami Children's Dental Clinic in Doral."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Miami Children's Hospital Doral Center:
3601 NW 107th Avenue
Doral, FL 33178
Tel: (786) 624-3368