What is baby bottle tooth decay?
Baby bottle tooth decay (also called early childhood caries and nursing caries) takes place when a baby’s first teeth are frequently in contact with sugar. This sugar often comes from sweet drinks like fruit juice, milk, flavored water, and formula.
As the bacteria in your baby's mouth break down the sugars, they produce acid, which eats away at the teeth, causing tooth decay. If left untreated, decayed teeth are quite painful, and your baby may try to avoid chewing and eating.
If baby teeth are decayed, become infected, or are lost early, they can prevent the permanent teeth from erupting into their proper positions. When baby teeth are badly decayed, they can become severely infected with the possibility of that infection spreading elsewhere.
Children should not be permitted to take a bottle to bed. Ideally, children should be weaned from the bottle by 12 months of age. Additionally, a "sippy cup" should only be used to transition your child from the bottle to a regular cup.
Scheduling your child’s first dental visit at Sporting Smiles by their first birthday is a great opportunity to learn how to keep your child happy, healthy, and cavity free. We are your partners i health and will work with you closely to keep your child's smile in great shape!