• Joelle C. Speed, DDS
    Specialist in Dentistry for Infants, Children & Young Adults

  • 916.782.5503

    568 North Sunrise Ave, Suite 350, Roseville, CA 95661

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Baby Bottle Decay/Nursing Decay

Baby bottle tooth decay or nursing decayBabies 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.