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When it comes to tooth decay, no one is completely immune, not even your baby. If your child is exhibiting tooth decay symptoms, the most likely culprit is his or her baby bottle. Tooth decay in babies and toddlers is referred to as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay or Early Childhood Caries.

Bottles and sippy cups encourage prolonged exposure of your baby’s teeth to whatever drink is inside. If that drink contains a high amount of sugar—as is the case with soda, fruit juice and even milk—your child’s risk of tooth decay increases significantly.

The ADA recommends restricting sugary drinks to meal and snack times, when your child will consume them rapidly. Going to bed with a sugary drink allows the sugar to remain on the teeth all night, creating a breeding ground for bacteria. If your child insists on taking a bottle to bed, water is the best option, as it contains zero sugar.

Tooth decay can also spread from you to your child through shared saliva. If you clean a bottle or pacifier by sticking it in your mouth, bacteria will transfer to your child. Always clean bottles and pacifiers with warm water and soap before giving either to your child.

If your baby is experiencing tooth decay, come to Musso Family Dentistry in Garland, Texas. Dr. Mike A. Musso offers pediatric dentistry for children of all ages. You can schedule an appointment by calling 972-840-8477.