Steps you can take to prevent bottle mouth

One of the most common causes of serious tooth decay in children is called “bottle mouth.” Bottle mouth can occur when an infant or toddler is given bottles containing formula, milk or juices for extended periods of time. These products contain sugars, which become acids when they react with bacteria in the mouth. These acids begin attacking your child’s teeth about 20 minutes after the child first drank from the bottle. Of course you can’t stop feeding your infant but you can take steps to keep your child from getting this damaging condition.

  • If your child takes a bottle to bed, only fill it with water. Because your child has less saliva when sleeping, acids from milk, formula and juices are even more damaging to the teeth.
  • After feeding, wipe your infant’s teeth with a gauze pad.
  • Begin brushing the baby’s teeth as soon as the are fully visible.
  • Take your child to a dentist by his or her first birthday and maintain the schedule of visits the dentist recommends
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