Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
single condition may cause more pain and suffering in small children than
all other conditions combined. It is a dental problem that can destroy the
teeth of an infant or young child.
This type of tooth decay occurs when a child’s teeth are exposed to sugary
liquids for long periods of time. For example, when putting a baby to bed
with a bottle, the teeth will have liquid on them overnight. Sugary liquids
from the bottle will cause the teeth to decay. Examples of sugary liquids
are milk, formula, soda pop, fruit juice and most other sweetened liquids.
The Tooth Decay Process
Teeth are covered with a sticky film called plaque. The bacteria in
plaque use sugar to multiply and provide a constant supply of acid to
damaged teeth. During sleep, saliva decreases, allowing sugary liquids to
pool around teeth for a longer period of time. The sugar stays in the mouth,
allows acid to attack longer, and causes more damage and destruction to the
of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Although, the upper front teeth usually are the first to be affected, all of
the first set of teeth, commonly called “baby” or “primary” teeth, can be
damaged. This can cause:
Permanent teeth development problems (crooked permanent teeth)
Staining (brown/dark spots)
structure damage (periodontal disease)
Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
oral care early. Schedule your child’s first visit to the dentist around the age
of two or three, unless there is a problem that requires an earlier visit.
brushing your child’s teeth when the first tooth appears.
child’s teeth for brown or discolored spots.
baby’s gums with a clean gauze pad or washcloth after feeding, even before the
first tooth appears.
a baby or toddler to fall asleep with a bottle of milk or sweetened liquid.
Substitute water if you feel a bottle is necessary.
sleeping with a pacifier dipped in sugar or honey.
child’s teeth on a regular basis.
dentist of any changes or discoloration immediately.
child to use a cup at about six months of age. By the age of one the bottle can
your child receives a form of fluoride.