One of the most serious causes of tooth decay in pediatric dentistry is continuous sugary liquid exposure to teeth. This is often known as“baby bottle tooth decay”.Among these liquids are milk (including breast milk), formula, juices, Gatorade,  and other sweetened drinks.

Putting your baby to bed for a nap or at night with a bottle with anything other than water can lead to rapid tooth decay. This occurs because the high-sugar settles around the child’s teeth giving plaque bacteria an opportunity to flourish and produce acids that attack tooth enamel.

If you must give the baby a bottle to comfort them at night, use water.  If your child won’t fall asleep, gradually dilute his usual beverage with water over a period of two to three weeks. After each feeding, you might consider wiping the baby’s gums and teeth with a damp washcloth or gauze pad to remove plaque.

Baby bottle tooth decay