Protect Your Toddler; Stop Bottle Decay

Bottle Decay

Start your child brushing early!


Frequent exposure to sugary liquids causes “bottle decay” in your children’s teeth.  This doesn’t have to be juice with sugar added, but, milk, formula, soda, fruit juice, and pacifiers dipped in honey or sugar.  Sugar sustains plaque-producing bacteria, which allows the acid to attack the teeth and gums. Bottle decay often leads to early removal of your child’s teeth. This  may cause speech impediments, crooked teeth and damaged adult teeth. 

Preventing Bottle Decay

Never allow your child to go to sleep with a bottle of milk, formula or juice. During their sleep, saliva flow decreases, causing cavities when the liquid stays on the teeth. To wean your child to a better liquid; a bottle’s content may be diluted with water over two or three weeks. Transitioning from a bottle to a cup and decreasing sugar consumption will also help to prevent bottle decay. 

Cleaning a baby’s gums each day will get them used to the process. Use a soft washcloth wrapped finger and gently massage their gums. Continue this as the first tooth erupts, changing to a soft toothbrush with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.  A child’s first visit to a dentist should occur by age three.

Reduce Cavities: Give your Children Fluoride

What does fluoride do for your teeth?

Why would you ever want fluoride for your children? It’s obvious to the dentist, who’s received fluoride and who hasn’t. How does he know? 

Fluoride keeps you smiling!!


It’s the number of cavities you get. Optimum fluoride reduces cavities dramatically. 

What’s the right amount of fluoride?

Most children need fluoride supplements after six months old, to prevent cavities. If your city water has fluoride (greater than 0.6 ppm) and your children are drinking tap water, that’s all you need. Well water, filtered or bottled water, doesn’t generally contain adequate amounts of fluoride. Talk to your Pediatrician or Dentist about giving fluoride supplements. 

Fluorosis: too much Fluoride

Too much fluoride can cause problems later when the permanent teeth erupt. The tooth will be very hard, very resistant to decay, and have a milky white color or have white dots on them.  If you are using fluoridated toothpaste, and you should, make sure you child uses just a pea sized amount of tooth paste. Too much toothpaste, if ingested, can cause white spots on forming teeth.

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