When tooth decay occurs in infants, it is referred to as “baby bottle tooth decay” or “early childhood caries”. And this tooth decay is a more serious threat than it might at first seem.
As soon as your baby’s first tooth comes in, it is prone to cavities. And while these teeth are “temporary”, their condition can have very long term effects on dental health.
Temporary teeth create the space in the jaw for the adult teeth to come in correctly, if a baby tooth is lost, other teeth can slide into the empty space, making it difficult for permanent teeth to come in properly.