bottle rot

bottle rot“Bottle rot” is the term used to describe cavities resulting from the continuous and prolonged exposure of a young child’s teeth to the sugars in milk and juice. It is typically caused by the use of a bottle or sippy cup at bedtime but may even occur as a result of breast feeding if proper oral hygiene isn’t performed. It is important to note that breast milk does not contain cavity-preventing ingredients that help “protect” a child’s teeth from getting decay. The best way to combat bottle rot is to only use bottles or sippy cups at dedicated meal and snack times. When a child is thirsty between meals, try to only give them water. It is also important to perform frequent and proper oral hygiene. Brush your baby’s teeth as soon as they erupt into the mouth with a soft bristled toothbrush and a very small amount (”smear”) of fluoridated toothpaste. Lastly, reduce your child’s consumption of sugar-containing drinks as much as possible. Our office can also help prevent bottle rot by providing your child with in-office fluoride treatments. Contact us to make an appointment for your child!




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