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The Basics of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

You only want the best for your child, so you may be surprised to hear that long-term exposure to liquids such as milk, fruit juice, formula, and sodas can have an impact on your child’s oral health. The excess sugar in these liquids surrounds your child’s teeth and gums, resulting in plaque buildup and acid attacks. 

Once multiple acid attacks start to occur, tooth decay can begin. Unfortunately, baby bottle tooth decay is also linked to breast-fed infants who are breastfed for prolonged periods of time. It is also linked to children who use pacifiers dipped in sweet substances such as honey, sugar, or syrup. 

Why Does It Matter?

What starts as a small problem can over time grow into something more serious. If decay is left untreated, it can result in infections, and it may even require the extraction of the tooth. As a result, your child may develop speech problems, poor eating habits, or even develop damaged adult teeth. The healthier the baby teeth are, the healthier the permanent teeth will be as well. 

Can Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Be Prevented?

Preventing baby bottle tooth decay isn’t totally possible, however, you can minimize your child’s risk of developing it. Ensure they don’t fall asleep with a bottle that has formula, breastmilk, or another sweet drink in their mouth. You can also check on their gums daily and take a damp paper towel to massage the gingival tissues. 

You should also schedule an appointment for an initial dental cleaning for kids in Eastvale as soon as you notice your child’s first tooth has erupted. Our dental specialists can evaluate your child’s mouth and make recommendations as we see fit. 

Changes You Can Make

Here are some small changes that can make a big difference:

  • Dilute the bottle contents as gradually as possible over a 2-3 week period
  • Cut back on sugary drinks and soft drinks
  • Decrease sugar consumption between meals and before nap time

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