What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Brighton Healthy Smiles

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (BBTD) is a serious dental condition that strikes children between the ages of one and four. When left unchecked, BBTD leads to serious conditions that affect children’s later dental health, eating habits, and growth.

BBTD is caused by prolonged exposure to fluids such as milk, formula, and juice, especially when used in a bedtime or naptime bottle. Sugary fluids pool around children’s teeth and become a breeding ground for bacteria. Acid produced by bacteria attacks tooth enamel and causes decay after repeated attacks. Long time exposure leads to severe toothaches, abscessed teeth, or tooth loss.

Brighton Healthy Smiles dentists recommend that you avoid using a bottle to help children fall asleep, or fill it with water rather than sugary liquids. Clean the baby’s gum and tooth area with a soft washcloth at least once a day after the appearance of the first tooth. Parents should also check their baby’s mouth once a month for any early signs of tooth decay, such as white streaks on the upper four front teeth near the gum line.

Call the Brighton Healthy Smiles professionals at (810) 227-6567 to discuss your baby’s dental/oral health today, or to schedule your child’s first dental exam.

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