Preventing Baby Bottle Decay
Baby bottle decay is caused by frequent exposure, over time, to liquids containing sugars. These include milk, formula, and fruit juices. The sugary liquids pool around the teeth for long periods of time as your baby sleeps, leading to cavities that first develop in the upper and lower front teeth.
Do not let your baby fall asleep with a bottle of juice or milk in his/her mouth. Instead, at naptime, give your child a bottle filled with water or a pacifier recommended by your dentist. If you breast-feed, avoid letting the baby nurse continuously. And after each feeding, wipe your baby’s teeth and gums with a clean, damp washcloth or a piece of cotton.
The treatment for baby bottle decay is to fill the decayed tooth with filling materials or in severe cases, the tooth has to be removed. Therefore, it is recommends that parents take their children to a dentist as soon as their first tooth comes out.