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Nursing or “Baby Bottle” Decay

Nursing or
``Baby Bottle`` Decay

Baby bottle tooth decay is the result of frequent, prolonged contact with liquids that contain sugars such as fruit juices, milk, formula or any other sweetened drinks. Human breast milk is also a contributor to baby bottle tooth decay. As the sugars break down in the mouth, bacteria start feeding on the sugars, produce acids and cause tooth decay.

If left untreated, decayed teeth can cause pain and discomfort. Not only can decayed teeth affect your child’s comfort, primary teeth also help guide permanent teeth into place. If the teeth are damaged or absent, they are unable to help guide permanent teeth into their proper position, possibly affecting future crowding or crooked teeth of adult teeth. Badly decayed baby teeth could lead to an abscessed tooth, with the infection spreading to between the teeth and the gum or affecting the root of the tooth.

Listed below are some tips to preventing baby bottle tooth decay:

  • If left untreated, decayed teeth can cause pain and discomfort. Not only can decayed teeth affect your child’s comfort, primary teeth also help guide permanent teeth into place. If the teeth are damaged or absent, they are unable to help guide permanent teeth into their proper position, possibly affecting future crowding or crooked teeth of adult teeth. Badly decayed baby teeth could lead to an abscessed tooth, with the infection spreading to between the teeth and the gum or affecting the root of the tooth.Listed below are some tips to preventing baby bottle tooth decay:
    • To calm your baby, don’t give a bottle filled with sugary liquids; instead, give plain water or use a pacifier.
    • Don’t coat your baby’s pacifier in a sweetener of any kind such as sugar, or honey as a way to comfort them.
    • Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle filled with sugary liquids. Plain water is best.
    • Use a wet cloth or gauze to wipe your child’s teeth and gums after each feeding. This helps remove any excess sugar preventing the chance for bacteria to form.

    If you suspect your child has baby bottle tooth decay, contact our office or schedule an appointment for a consultation today.

Mary Katherine Matthews, DDS - Pediatric Dentistry - Baby Bottle Nursing Decay

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Dr. Katie Matthews is a board-certified dentist in Hockessin specializing in pediatric and special needs dentistry. She is committed to helping parents and their children establish a dental home by age one. Early education and routine preventive care promote healthy habits. Dr. Katie is happy to accommodate the unique needs of each and every child. 

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Dr. Kate was wonderful with my son. She did the checking and the cleaning of his teeth. He had his first x-ray at the age of 14 and he did well with the “Astronaut” machine. He and I were able to see the full picture of his teeth including the start of his wisdom teeth. Dr. Kate answered all my questions. We are very pleased.

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