What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

November 11, 2014 | Posted in Education

Cavities in infants and toddlers are often referred to as baby bottle tooth decay.  Primary or baby teeth are important even though they are temporary.  They are needed to chew, speak and guide the adult teeth into proper position. 
 
Baby bottle tooth decay most often occurs in the front teeth.  This decay begins with the cavity causing bacteria being passed from caregiver to the infant.  Prolonged exposure to sugar and putting the infant to bed with a bottle, feed that bacteria and increase the amount of decay in their mouth. 
 
What to do:
 
·  Try not to share saliva.
·  When your child’s teeth come in, brush them with a child-size toothbrush with a tiny smear of
   fluoride toothpaste until 3 years old. Let them drink fluoridated water.
·  Always supervise brushing until you are confident your child can spit out excess toothpaste.
·  Limit the frequency of juice.
·  Place only milk, breast milk or formula in bottles.
·  Infants should finish their bedtime or naptime bottles before going to bed.
·  Encourage your child to drink from a cup by their first birthday.
 
When your child’s first tooth appears, talk to us at the Rideau Dental Centre about their oral health.  Call us at 613-230-7475.