What Causes Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?
- Putting the baby to bed with a drink each night
- Providing milk or juices frequently throughout the day
- Prolonged use of bottles or sippy cups
Instead of having milk or juices at specific meal times, some children are allowed to sip on these liquids all day (or all night) long. Sucking through a bottle or sippy cup causes the liquids to constantly coat the front teeth, allowing acids to etch away at tooth enamel. Weakened baby teeth quickly begin to develop cavities across the front of the child’s smile, allowing teeth to become black, chipped, or decayed all the way up to the gum lines.
What You Can Do:
- Give your child water to drink between mealtimes
- Never put your child to bed with anything other than water
- Brush your child’s teeth after each meal
- Have your child seen by a pediatric dentist before their first birthday
If your child is beginning to show signs of what you think could be baby bottle tooth decay, schedule an exam immediately by calling us.