Baby Bottle
Tooth Decay

What causes Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Frequent drinking of liquids other than water in the bottle or sippie cup especially when sleeping cause bottle decay. This practice exposes the teeth to decay-producing acids that can cause severe, destructive decay.

How to prevent baby bottle tooth decay?

Have the bottle or sippie cup at meals with the decay causing liquids. Among the decay causing liquids are milk, formula, fruit juice and other sweetened liquids. When finished brush the teeth. Water should be in the sippie cup or bottle between meals and while sleeping if your child is thirsty or needs the bottle to sleep.

When your child’s first tooth appears, talk to your dentist about scheduling the first dental visit. Treat the first dental visit as you would a well-baby checkup with the child’s physician. Remember: starting early is the key to a lifetime of good dental health. For more information about nutrition and your baby, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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