Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Baby teeth cavities are commonly caused by putting a child to sleep with a bottle. It’s what’s inside the bottle that can cause the “baby bottle tooth decay.” Fluids containing sugary substances like milk, formula, fruit juice or soft drinks can damage your baby’s teeth.

As liquid pools in the mouth, it remains in contact with teeth for a long time. This allows bacteria to convert sugar into acids, which attack tooth enamel. Over time, the inner layers of the teeth are worn down, eventually leading to tooth decay.

Tooth decay prevention early on is important to keep your baby’s teeth healthy and to encourage a lifetime of good dental habits.

Dentists suggest the following tips to properly care for baby’s teeth:

Never put your child to sleep with a bottle containing sugary liquids. These provide bacteria with ample food to produce acids that cause tooth decay.

Not recommended, putting a baby to sleep latched on mother’s breast even after feeding. Give your baby only clean pacifiers. Dipping pacifiers in anything sweet can destroy a baby’s teeth.

Make sure your baby’s gums and teeth are clean after each feeding. Wipe the gums with a clean gauze pad and massage the areas that remain toothless. As soon as the first tooth is out, start brushing with a soft toothbrush and don’t use fluoridated toothpaste until your baby is 2-3 years old, unless advised by your dentist.