Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Newswise — A sweet, soothing lullaby in place of a sugar-saturated bottle goes a long way in helping babies develop the strong healthy teeth essential for chewing, speech development and healthy smiles and bodies.

“Tooth decay in infants is becoming an epidemic,” said UAB pediatric dentist Stephen Mitchell, D.M.D. Decay occurs when sweetened liquids, including milk, formula and fruit juice, are left clinging to an infant’s teeth for long periods. “It’s not just what you put in your child’s bottle, but how often and for how long.” To prevent decay, Mitchell suggests wiping baby’s gums with a clean gauze pad after each feeding, begin brushing baby’s teeth when the first tooth erupts and never let baby fall asleep with a bottle of sugary liquid.

Reading Resources
The American Dental Association provides a whole host of
topics and recommendations for preventing baby bottle tooth decay.

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