How to Avoid Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
As your child cuts and develops teeth, new parents must transition into taking care of their baby’s teeth. One of the most common issues babies face is baby bottle tooth decay. Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry explains what baby bottle tooth decay is, what causes it, and how you can prevent it.
What is baby bottle tooth decay?
Tooth decay is the damage of tooth enamel, due to bacteria in from sugary foods and drinks sticking to the teeth. Tooth decay eventually turns into cavities, causing discomfort and future issues in the mouth. Baby bottle tooth decay most often occurs in the top front teeth, but other teeth can also be affected.
Causes of baby bottle tooth decay
Aptly named, baby bottle tooth decay is caused by exposure of the baby’s teeth to sugary drinks, typically for prolonged periods. It most often occurs when a baby is put to bed with a bottle or a pacifier dipped in a sweet substance. A baby sucking on a bottle throughout the night without having the milk or juice rinsed off of their teeth can lead to baby bottle tooth decay. Even though your child’s baby teeth will eventually fall out, it’s still crucial to take care of them and prevent tooth decay.
How to prevent tooth decay from baby bottles
One of the most important things to do to protect your baby’s teeth is to never allow them to fall asleep with a bottle containing milk, juice or other sweetened liquids. After they finish a bottle, clean their teeth with the right toothpaste and toothbrush to remove any decay-causing sugars.