Baby Bottle Decay/Nursing Decay
Babies who go to bed with a bottle of milk, formula or juice are more likely to get tooth decay. Because the sugar in formula, milk or juice stays in contact with the teeth for a long time during the night, the teeth can decay quickly. Likewise, nursing your child throughout the night on a regular basis can cause decay.
Here are some tips to avoid baby-bottle tooth decay:
- Put your child to bed with a bottle of plain water, not milk or juice.
- Wipe your baby’s mouth with a cloth when finished nursing.
- Try not to let your child walk around using a bottle of milk or juice as a pacifier.
- Start to teach your child to drink from a cup at about 6 months of age. Plan to stop using a bottle by 12 to 14 months at the latest.
- Don't dip your child's pacifier in honey or sugar.
- If you plan to continue nursing past one year of age, cleaning your child’s teeth afterward is essential to maintaining teeth that are free from decay.