A baby bottle that contains anything other than water and that’s left in a child’s mouth while s/he sleeps can cause tooth decay. This is because sugar in the liquid mixes with bacteria, which creates acids that attack teeth. When a baby’s awake, saliva washes the acids away. But when s/he’s asleep saliva flow is much lower, and the acids coat his or her teeth for a long time. This causes baby bottle decay.
While your baby is teething it’s important to monitor his or her teeth for decay. Look at the teeth for dull spots (whiter than the tooth surface) or lines every two weeks, especially on the inside (i.e., the tongue side).
To prevent baby bottle decay, don’t let your baby sleep during breast or bottle feeding. If your baby needs a bottle to fall asleep, give him or her a water-filled bottle or a pacifier.
At Carnegie Dental Clinic, we’re dedicated to fighting baby bottle decay. Let us know if you see any signs of decay or anything unusual in your child’s mouth.