Baby Bottle Decay

Baby Bottle Decay

Did you know that babies are at risk of getting cavities while they’re still using a bottle? Unfortunately, there is a type of cavity commonly seen in dental offices called “baby bottle decay” and occurs when the teeth are exposed to frequent sugary liquids. As a parent you want to do what’s best for your child and may not realize that milk, formula and juices are all hidden sources of sugar that can cause damage to those brand new teeth.

It is recommended to never put a young child to bed with a bottle or sippy cup with anything other than plain water. While asleep, the body produces less saliva so when exposed to liquids with right before bed or after they’ve laid down for a nap or for the night offers the perfect time for cavities to begin forming on teeth.

Get your infant used to their mouth getting cleaned by wiping the gums with a warm washcloth. As soon as teeth erupt introduce brushing with a kid-size toothbrush and small circular motions on the teeth. Before the child is old enough to spit you can use a fluoride-free toothpaste but make the switch to fluoride toothpaste as soon as you trust they won’t swallow the extra toothpaste.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s teeth please don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Johnson, Dr. Kenny or the Saving Smiles Dentistry team.

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