Baby Bottle Tooth Decay: Causes,
Signs, and Prevention Tips
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Baby bottle tooth decay refers to presence of
cavities on baby teeth caused by prolonged
milk bottle use. If not treated properly, it can
cause teeth loosening.
You should know how important baby teeth
are for chewing and speech development;
they also affect the alignment of permanent
A lack of attention to your baby’s teeth,
coupled with baby bottle decay may cause
poor oral health and even low self-esteem.
The good news is that your baby’s teeth can
be saved if the problem is detected early.
What Causes Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?
As mentioned earlier, baby bottle tooth decay
is caused by prolonged bottle use and the
long-term exposure of your baby’s teeth to
sweet liquids, including formula milk and
fruit juices. Natural sugars from these drinks
tend to cling to your baby’s teeth and feed
bacteria in the mouth. They produce acids
that may damage their teeth.
White, brown, or black spots on teeth
Tooth cavities or holes in the teeth
How Do You Know If Your Baby Has Tooth
While any teeth may be affected, baby bottle
tooth decay commonly occurs in the front
Check for the following signs and symptoms:
Fever due to tooth or gum infection
Treatment Options for Baby Bottle
Baby bottle tooth decay treatment may vary
depending on age and the severity of the
White spots on teeth surfaces are early signs
of baby bottle decay. During this stage, a
simple fluoride treatment can be enough to
re-mineralize and rebuild the tooth enamel.
Your baby’s dentist may also recommend
Limit acid foods
Avoid fruit juices, especially citrus
Increase water intake
It is also wise to make changes to your baby’s
diet to keep the decay from progressing. You
Be sure to coordinate these changes with your
baby’s pediatrician and dentist. Overall health
and nutritional needs are of the u