Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Early childhood caries (cavities) is also referred to as “baby bottle tooth decay”. It’s a serious condition that is a result of lengthy exposure of your infant’s teeth to liquid that contain sugar. These liquids can include milk, breast milk, formula, juice and any other sweetened drinks.
Putting your infant to sleep whether for a nap or bedtime, with a bottle containing anything other than water can result in severe and rapid tooth decay. The sugar pools around the teeth gives the plaque a chance to produce acid that attacks their tooth enamel.
It can be difficult to put a baby to bed without a bottle to comfort him or her, therefore we recommend only using water. If you need to, dilute their normal drink of choice with water over several weeks until it only contains water.
Additionally, after each nighttime feeding, wipe your child’s gums and teeth with a damp washcloth to remove the plaque.