Bottle Tooth Decay
What is baby bottle tooth decay?
It is a dental condition that can destroy the teeth
of an infant or young child. It occurs when a child's
teeth are frequently exposed to sugary liquids for
long periods. Among these are milk (including breast
milk), formula, fruit juice and other sweetened liquids.
all the teeth be affected?
The teeth most likely to be damaged are the upper
front teeth, but other teeth can be damaged, too.
causes the decay to occur?
Teeth are covered in a sticky film called plaque.
Bacteria in plaque use sugar to produce acid. These
acids then attack tooth enamel. If sugary liquid is
allowed to remain in the mouth, the bacteria have
more time to produce acids that can attack the teeth.
Tooth decay can then occur after frequent acid attacks.
can parents do to prevent baby bottle tooth decay?
Never allow your baby or toddler to fall asleep with
either a bottle containing milk, formula, fruit juices
or sweetened liquids. If your baby needs a comforter
between regular feedings or at bedtime, use only water
in a bottle or give the child a clean pacifier recommended
by your dentist or pediatrician.
oral care early. Wipe the baby's gums with a clean
washcloth after each feeding. Begin brushing your
child's teeth as soon as the first tooth appears.
your child's first visit to the dentist by the first
birthday. You can help establish a positive relationship
between your child and the dentist by starting dental
visits early and continuing to see the dentist regularly.
Attend one of our free seminars for women planning
to start a family, already pregnant or with young
infants. We will discuss how your oral health can
affect your pregnancy as well as your child's future
oral health and how to protect your young child from
dental decay. A tour of our office and light refreshments
will be included.