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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

What is baby bottle tooth decay?

Baby bottle tooth decay is when an infant or small child develops several cavities, usually on the top front teeth. It makes it hard for the child to eat because it causes toothache. These cavities may look like dark pits, holes or broken teeth.

What causes baby bottle tooth decay?

The main cause of baby bottle tooth decay is when liquids that contain sugar are left in a baby’s mouth for long or frequent periods of time. Breast and formula milk even contain sugar.

How can you protect your child's teeth?

Your child should not:

  • go to bed with a bottle filled with milk, formula, juice or sweetened drink
  • sleep at night at the breast
  • drink from a bottle throughout the day
  • use a pacifier if it is dipped in honey, syrup or anything sweet, such as sugar water, milk or formula

Your child should:

  • start drinking from a cup at 6 months of age
  • be weaned from his or her bottle by 1 year of age
  • go to bed without a bottle. If your child must have a bottle to sleep, fill it with plain water.
  • have his or her teeth cleaned after each feeding.
  • It is very important to clean your baby's teeth before bedtime.

Are baby teeth important?

Baby teeth are important for chewing food and speaking properly. If your baby has a good set of teeth, it gives your child a nice appearance, boosts their self confidence and helps promote a good self image. When baby teeth are lost too early, the permanent teeth can come in crowded or out of line. You have to make sure that your child visit's a dentist before he reaches 2 years old.