Tooth decay in young children, sometimes known as "baby bottle tooth decay" often occurs when children are put to bed with a bottle or use a bottle as a pacifier.
Baby bottle tooth decay often occurs in the upper front teeth, but can also affect other teeth. The most common cause is frequent, prolonged exposure to sugar, such as milk or juice in your baby's bottle.
What can you do to prevent tooth decay in infants? The American Dental Association reccommends the following:
- Gently brushing your child's teeth when they start to come in
- Do not fill your baby's bottle with juice or soft drinks
- If your child uses a pacifier, use a clean one, not one dipped in sugar or honey
Help your child achieve a lifetime of oral health by encouraging healthy habits early!