What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?
Parents should be aware of a more serious form of tooth decay in young children, one called “Baby Bottle Tooth Decay”. This is caused when an infant’s teeth are exposed to liquids containing sugar for an extended period of time. Some parents may not realize this, but liquids such as milk and breast milk, baby formula, and fruit juice have a considerable amount of sugar in them – so over time, prolonged teeth exposure to these liquids can rapidly lead to cavities.
Many parents will put their baby down for a nap or at night with a bottle as a comforter – but before youdo, think first: does the liquid in the bottle contain any amount of sugar? The sweet liquid will likely pool and completely encapsulate itself around the child’s teeth when laying down, giving plaque bacteria a huge advantage in producing the acids that attack tooth enamel.
The best thing you can do when putting your child down to bed is to give them water! This simple rule will severely help fight against the effects of baby bottle tooth decay, and you could avoid the situation altogether.