Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (Early Childhood Caries)

One serious form of decay among young children is baby bottle tooth decay. This condition is caused by frequent and long exposures of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain sugar. Among these liquids are milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice and other sweetened drinks.

Putting a baby to bed for a nap or at night with a bottle other than water can cause serious and rapid tooth decay. Sweet liquid pools around the child’s teeth giving plaque bacteria an opportunity to produce acids that attack tooth enamel. If you must give the baby a bottle as a comforter at bedtime, it should contain only water.

After each feeding, wipe the baby’s gums and teeth with a damp washcloth or gauze pad to remove plaque. The easiest way to do this is to sit down, place the child’s head in your lap or lay the child on a dressing table or the floor. Whatever position you use, be sure you can see into the child’s mouth easily.

If you have questions regarding good dental care for your baby, give us a call at Dental Forum Group (425) 357-1818 or simply write it down here.


  1. says

    The reason dentists say not to give a bottle in bed is that saliva flow decreases so that natural rinsing done on teeth is gone – and baby bottle tooth decay happens. It’s very care is very essential for problems in children arise due to many unhealthy eating habits and practices. good post. continue writing.

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