According to WebMD, baby bottle tooth decay happens when sweetened liquids such as milk, juice, formula, cling to an infant’s teeth for a long time. Bacteria in the mouth interacts with this sugar to make acids that attack the teeth. If teeth are infected or lost too early due to baby bottle tooth decay, your child may develop certain problems such as poor eating habits and speech problems. Even though those teeth will eventually be replaced with the permanent ones, it is still important that you take care of your baby’s oral health by following these tips:
- Implement good oral hygiene at an early age: Clean your baby’s gums and teeth with a washcloth after feeding to make sure there isn’t any residue in the mouth.
- Never put you baby to sleep with a bottle: Never allow your baby to fall asleep with a bottle containing anything but water!
- Massage your baby’s gums: Clean and massage your baby’s gums in the areas where they still have no teeth.
- Schedule regular visits to the dentist: As soon as your baby’s first tooth erupts you can schedule their first visit to the dentist to prevent tooth decay.