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What is Baby Bottle Decay?

Posted on 1/25/2021 by Crossroads Family Dental
What is Baby Bottle Decay?Do you know that your baby's teeth are vulnerable to decay even if milk is their primary diet?

Just because baby teeth are temporary, does not mean they are not as important as adult teeth. Without proper dental hygiene, your baby's teeth can develop issues that can have long-lasting repercussions. One of these issues is baby bottle decay.

At Crossroads Family Dental, we can help you prevent decay in your child's teeth and ensure they remain healthy and strong.

What Causes Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Baby bottle tooth decay may develop if a parent puts a bottle of milk, infant formula, or juice in their child's mouth while they are sleeping. During sleep, your baby's saliva flow is reduced, which means it is not sufficient to neutralize the sugars in your child's drink. Therefore, the sugar stays on your baby's developing teeth and cause acid-producing bacteria to accumulate.

If your child develops white spots on their teeth, this is an early sign of baby bottle tooth decay.

This type of decay can also be caused by allowing your child to drink sugary beverages throughout the day from a sippy cup. Parents may also pass their oral bacteria to their child's mouth if they share utensils with their baby.

Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Fortunately, baby bottle tooth decay can easily be prevented:

•  If it is your child’s nap time or bed time and they need a bottle to sleep, only place water in the bottles. Absolutely avoid juices or sugar-laden drinks.
•  Make a habit of gently wiping down your child’s gum and teeth (if any) with a piece off gauze after they have fed to prevent food residue from accumulating on your child’s teeth and harboring bacteria.
•  Do not share utensils with your child or lick a pacifier or teething ring clean.
•  If you child’s first teeth have come in, you can brush them with a baby-sized toothbrush and a grain-sized amount of toothpaste.
•  When your child turns one, start weaning them off the bottle and train them to drink from a cup.

Your child's baby teeth are as important as their adult teeth. After your child turns six months old, it is important that you schedule their dental visit with us at Crossroads Family Dental by calling us at Crossroads Family Dental. Early dental care can help prevent lifelong problems.

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