Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
This type of tooth decay is the most common form of cavities in children under 24 months of age. It affects 10-15% of all babies. In fact, it's five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever.
Baby bottle cavities are caused by frequent exposure of a child’s teeth for long periods of time to liquids containing sugars.
A baby bottle itself doesn't damage teeth, but what you put in the bottle can cause dental cavities — decayed areas of the teeth that develop tiny openings or holes. Among these liquids are milk, formula, fruit juice and other sweetened liquids.
It is better to know about the bottle of the baby:
Do not put your child to bed either at night or nap time with a bottle containing anything other than water, once a tooth has erupted.
- Do not use the bottle as a pacifier.
- NEVER dip a pacifier in honey or sugar.
- Discontinue the bottle/wean from the breast by 12 months of age unless your pediatrician recommends otherwise.
- Start teaching your child how to drink water in a glass at 11 months approximately.
- Whether you breast-feed or bottle-feed your baby, regular tooth brushing is necessary once a tooth erupts.