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What Are the Causes of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

April 3, 2017

Baby bottle tooth decay is a condition commonly seen with children when their teeth are damaged by an excessive overload of sugars on their mouths. Typically, the overload is due to prolonged exposure to harmful ingredients typically found in baby bottle drinks.

One of the most harmful risks posed by baby bottles happens when a child falls asleep with the bottle in their mouth. As they sleep, the substances in the bottle can pool in their mouth and potentially destroy their teeth. The longer a child is exposed to the substances, the longer time it has to wear down their tooth enamel. Try to make sure your child never falls asleep with a bottle in their crib, and replace bottles with a teething toy or pacifier as an alternate.

Avoid common drinks that are known to contain substances that can damage your child’s tooth enamel. This includes soft drinks, sports drinks, juice, sugar water, and any other high-sugar product. In addition, never coat or cover your child’s bottle with any sort of substance to encourage them to drink it, especially sugary sweet ones like honey.

Protect your child’s teeth at all times as soon as the very first tooth erupts above the gum line. To schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician at Safari Dental, call our pediatric office in Bryan, Texas at (979) 985-3093. Dr. Manshadi, Dr. Dustin, and our entire team want to ensure your child’s oral health is shining for years to come.