Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Because a baby's teeth are susceptible to decay as soon as they appear in the mouth, it's very important for caregivers to understand what baby bottle tooth decay is and how to prevent it. Baby bottle decay is a dental condition that occurs when a child's teeth are over exposed to sugary liquids, such as formula, fruit juice, and milk. Remember, it's not just what your child drinks but also how often and how long his or her teeth are exposed to decay-causing acids. Parents who repeatedly offer their baby a bottle containing sugary liquids, either as a pacifier or at bedtime, can do serious harm to their child's health. If your child needs a comforter between regular feedings, the Massachusetts Dental Society recommends giving him or her a bottle of water instead.

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