BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY
Decay is basically caused when there is prolonged contact
of any liquid other than water in the baby's mouth. This can
happen from putting her to bed with a bottle of formula, milk,
juice, soft drinks, sugar water, sugared drinks, etc. When
liquid from a baby bottle builds up in the mouth, the natural
or added sugars found in the liquid are changed to acid by
germs in the mouth. This acid then starts to dissolve the
teeth (mainly the upper front teeth), causing them to decay.
Allowing her to suck on a bottle or breastfeed for longer
than a mealtime, either when awake or asleep, can also cause
tooth decay. Baby Bottle Tooth Decay can lead to severe damage
to your child's baby teeth and can also cause dental problems
that affect her permanent teeth.
But there are steps for preventing Baby Bottle Tooth
Decay. Keep these pointers in mind as you care for your child's
put your child to bed with a bottle in her mouth.
Keep this always in mind so
as to remove the bottle even if you are feeding her at
bedtime. Your baby will as it is give up having milk at
night when she reaches around 7 to 8 months.
to give your baby a bottle only during meals. Do
not use the bottle as a pacifier; do not allow your child
to walk around with it or to drink it for extended periods.
your child to drink from a cup as soon as possible, usually
by 1 year of age. Drinking
from a cup does not cause the liquid to collect around
the teeth, and a cup cannot be taken to bed.
your baby's mouth clean. This
is an important part of preventing tooth decay. After
feedings, gently brush your baby's gums and any baby teeth
with a soft infant toothbrush.