Does your child have a bottle before bedtime? If it is filled with milk, formula, fruit juice, or sugary drinks, it can cause baby bottle tooth decay. Your child’s oral bacteria feeds on the bottle’s sugary liquid. When the liquid pools in the mouth, the bacteria can multiply, become acidic, and eat away at the tooth’s enamel, causing tiny holes (cavities).
The more frequently your child consumes these sugary beverages at night, the more likely he/she will develop baby bottle tooth decay. While the front teeth are the most susceptible, it can happen to all baby teeth.
Tooth decay can also occur if the baby falls asleep while drinking breast milk. If you want to prevent baby bottle tooth decay. Here are the three steps to follow:
1. Avoid the Bedtime Bottle
Give your child the day’s last bottle before the bedtime routine. If your child needs a late night bottle, only fill it with water.
2. Brush Every Day
For babies younger than 18 months, clean the gums with a wet cloth or infant toothbrush. Once the teeth begin to erupt, brush them twice a day.
3. Avoid Sugar Covered Pacifiers
If your child uses a pacifier, only use clean ones. Don’t dip them in anything sweet, even honey.
Baby bottle tooth decay is not just a problem for your child’s baby teeth. It can have a lasting effect on their adult ones, making them more susceptible to cavities and gum disease.
If your child’s teeth become sensitive or begin to develop white spots, contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. These are signs that your child may have baby bottle tooth decay. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.