At what age did your teeth begin to develop? You might be surprised to learn that the process started while you were still in the womb—likely before your mother even knew that she was pregnant! It is thus important for an expectant mother to get an adequate supply of nutrients, including calcium, phosphorus, proteins, and vitamins.
Consider too that some infants routinely fall asleep while sucking on a bottle that contains milk, juice, sugar water, or soda. These fermentable liquids contain carbohydrates on which bacteria thrive. The bacteria, in turn, produce acids that can damage the babies’ teeth—especially if they are in contact with the teeth throughout the night. Some babies with severe decay suffer premature tooth loss, which can adversely affect the development of their permanent teeth.