Dental Problems

What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Do you know that baby bottle can lead to tooth decay? Giving a baby bottle to your kid at bed time seems to be a great idea when he/she is having trouble in settling down, especially when you are exhausted after a long day. But the American Dental Association, warns it as the first step for baby tooth decay. It is a serious problem and it should be eradicated as early as possible.

What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Baby bottle tooth decay is a dental condition that occurs normally in children aged between 18 months to 3 years. The tooth enamel of the child damages gradually due to over exposure to sweetened liquids from the baby bottle. Insufficient enamel leads to tooth decay. Good news is that the baby bottle tooth decay is preventable.

Causes of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

  • When the baby sleeps with a bottle in the mouth, the sugars present in the liquid get collected at the tooth’s root.
  • The longer these sugars remain on your tooth enamel, the higher they are prone to combine with the bacteria that is already present in the mouth.
  • Front upper teeth are mostly vulnerable to damage due to nursing bottle mouth

Prevention for Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

  • Never fill the baby’s bottle with any fluids high in sugar, like punch, gelatin and soft drinks.
  • Do not put your child to bed with a bottle of juice or milk or other drinks, instead use water.
  • Children aged between 6 to 12 months should be given only formula for drinking in bottles
  • Stop nursing or remove the bottle as soon as the child sleeps.
  • Avoid your child from walking around with a bottle of milk or juice as a pacifier.
  • Prolonged use of pacifiers should be avoided, and never dip the pacifier in sugar or honey or syrup.
  • Limit juice to 6 ounces a day during meals
  • Teach your kid, how to drink from a cup by the time they reach 6 months and the goal is to stop them using bottles by 14 month.

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