Baby bottle tooth decay can happen when a child is exposed to the sugar in certain liquids for a long period of time, which can impact tooth enamel and lead to extensive tooth decay. Essentially, any liquid that’s not water can cause this condition, even breastmilk.

Liquids such as milk, juice, breastmilk, and formula contain natural sugars. While not harmful in and of themselves, your child’s oral bacteria will convert these sugars into acid which can attack tooth enamel and cause your child’s teeth to be more vulnerable to decay [1].

Your child is at risk for tooth decay as soon as their first teeth appear, which is generally by their first birthday. What can you do to prevent baby bottle tooth decay and protect your child’s smile?

An article by Dr. Samir Alaswad. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay