Baby Bottle Syndrome
Baby Teeth do get Cavities
The Baby Bottle Syndrome, also known as the Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, is caused by frequent and long exposures to sugars contained in formulas, milk, or fruit juices. When a baby or toddler nurses a bottle for long periods of time, acids from the sugars attack the teeth and gums. The sugary liquid soaks the teeth and feeds the bacteria that causes plaque and, eventually, cavities.
Issues that may Arise from Baby Bottle Syndrome
While cavities on baby teeth may be treated, prevention is preferable to avoid discomfort, pain, and creating other problems for your child. If baby teeth need to be removed before their natural time, it may cause your child to have difficulty eating, speech problems, crooked teeth, and bite issues as an adult.
- Do not allow your baby to fall asleep with a bottle containing formula, milk, or juices.
- Do not dip your baby’s pacifier in sweets, like honey or sugar.
- Clean your baby’s gums daily by gently massaging with a humid gauze or washcloth.
- As soon as your baby has teeth, use a baby toothbrush and non-fluoride toothpaste to clean the teeth. When the child is capable of spitting, it is recommended to use a fluoride toothpaste.
- Be wary of your child’s eating habits and cut sugars as much as possible.
- Dilute juices with water gradually, until you can serve pure water as a thirst-quenching drink.
- Bring your child to our clinic for an annual visit as soon as teeth appear.
Not sure if your baby is at risk? Call us for a consultation to find out more about baby oral hygiene, including additional information on how to avoid Baby Bottle Syndrome.