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What Is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Posted on 10/31/2023 by Ranches Family Dental
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You shouldn't have to worry that your infant will develop tooth decay, but tooth decay in infants and toddlers is a real possibility. If tooth decay in children isn't caught early and treated, it can lead to a lifetime of dental issues. Here is some information about preventing tooth decay in very young children.

Tooth Decay in Infants and Toddlers

Most children start to have teeth erupt between six months and one year old. There are some children who don't have a first baby tooth until they are past their first birthday. Before your baby gets to that point, you need to consider their bedtime routine.

If you put your baby to bed with a bottle or a sippy cup, you need to rethink their bedtime routine. Your baby will most likely fall asleep with that bottle in their mouth. Milk and juice both contain natural sugars. Those sugars will remain on their teeth all night while they sleep. The bacteria that are naturally present in their mouths will multiply and cause cavities. The younger your child is when they develop cavities, the more likely they are to have problems with their teeth and gums for life.

Preventative Tooth Care

If you're worried about your baby's teeth, and you want to make sure they don't have baby bottle tooth decay, there are several things you can do to help. First, make sure you take your baby to the dentist as soon as they cut their first tooth or around their first birthday. That way, a dentist will be able to tell you about the condition of your baby's teeth. Second, be sure that when you put your baby down for a nap, you let them self-soothe without a bottle to help prevent cavities. Finally, you'll want to clean your baby's mouth with a damp washcloth after each feeding. The more you keep your baby's mouth clean, the more likely your baby will have healthy teeth for life.

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