Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Can Affect Adult Teeth

According to Goldenberg Family Dentistry, baby bottle tooth decay occurs if your infant or toddler is exposed to sugary liquids on a regular basis. Liquids that can cause baby bottle tooth decay, also known as early childhood caries, include formula, milk, sodas, sweetened drinks and even fruit juice. The sugars in these types of drinks will pool around your baby or toddler’s gums and teeth allowing bacteria to feed on the sugar. Every time your son or daughter drinks something sugary, the bacteria will start to attack both the teeth and gums.

Goldenberg Family Dentistry explains that baby bottle tooth decay can even be found in infants who are breast-fed and babies and toddlers who use pacifiers that are often dipped in sugar, honey, or syrup. Because the sweet fluids are left in your baby’s mouth during sleep, it will increase the chance of cavities.

Although baby teeth fall out, it is important to remember that baby teeth are just as vital when it comes to healthy teeth and gums. If your baby’s teeth are full of decay, chances are his or her permanent teeth will be as well. It is also important to maintain the baby or primary teeth as they aid in speech and facial development, as well as hold the space for the permanent teeth. If you must fill your baby’s bottle before bedtime, make a healthier choice and fill the bottle with water instead.

Giving your baby a sugary drink before bedtime or naptime is harmful as the saliva levels decrease during sleep allowing sugary liquids to linger over an extended period of time. If left untreated, tooth decay will eventually become a problem. Teeth that become infected or are lost too early because of baby bottle tooth decay can result in crooked teeth, damaged adult teeth, speech problems, and poor eating habits. Healthy baby teeth mean healthy permanent teeth.

Goldenberg Family Dentistry stresses that baby bottle tooth decay can be prevented if you don’t allow your infant or toddler to fall asleep with a bottle that contains juice, formula, or milk. You can gradually implement changes by diluting the contents of the bottle with water over one or two weeks. After that, give your child a bottle filled with water only.

If you would like more information regarding healthy habits for babies and toddlers, call or click and schedule an appointment with Goldenberg Family Dentistry today.


About Jessica A. Goldenberg, DDS

Dr. Joel Goldenberg started his dental practice after graduating from the USC School of Dentistry in 1983. He is committed to excellence in dentistry. Dr. Goldenberg is a member of the CDA (California Dental Association), ADA (American Dental Association), AAID (American Academy of Implant Dentistry and is a member with the Santa Barbara-Ventura County Dental Society. Dr. Goldenberg is well-known for educating his patients and involving them in the diagnosis and treatment planning process. He is very conservative, honest, and appreciates the artistic side of dentistry. For the past five years Dr. Goldenberg has traveled to Honduras with his wife and other local physicians and nurses to provide medical and dental care at a free clinic. Dr. Jessica Goldenberg was born and raised in Ventura, California. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and the University of Southern California (USC) for her undergraduate studies. She graduated from USC with her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She continued with the Trojan Family at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Goldenberg was the recipient of the prestigious Rex Ingram Award for Excellence in Clinical Operative Dentistry. She is a member of the California Dental Association (CDA), American Dental Association (ADA) and the Santa Barbara- Ventura County Dental Society. Dr. Jessica loves working with patients of all ages, especially families and children. It is important to her to make pediatric dental visits fun and enjoyable. She also enjoys making beautiful smiles with cosmetic dentistry. She prides herself on always being honest and providing conservative dental care.
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