Baby bottle tooth decay is a term used to refer to early childhood cavities. This type of tooth decay occurs primarily in infants and toddlers and is caused by bacteria in the mouth. Baby bottle tooth decay is most frequently the result of a child keeping a bottle of sweetened liquid in bed at night or of parents and children sharing saliva via utensils or cups.
When children keep a bottle of sweetened liquid in bed with them, such as breast milk, baby formula, juice or sweetened water, the liquid can remain in the mouth for some time. Oral bacteria feed on the sugar left in the mouth by these liquids and emit harmful acids that attack and wear away tooth enamel. Likewise, sharing forks or spoons with your child can transmit saliva that includes decay-causing bacteria between your mouths.
You can help prevent baby bottle tooth decay by following these suggestions:
If you have any questions about baby bottle tooth decay or wish to schedule your child’s appointment with our pediatric dentists, please call our office today.