How To Prevent Baby Bottle and Tooth Decay
When a baby is awake, saliva in the mouth washes away sugars from the foods that they eat. It washes the teeth. Normally, cavities form from bacteria and carbohydrates coming into contact in the mouth. The acid that results from the breakdown of these carbohydrates starts to wear away the protective enamel on the teeth.
This is the process that begins to occur at night when baby has a bottle in their mouth. The saliva is not being produced to wash away the bacteria. Over time, the teeth can become riddled with cavities that give them a concave shape and turn the tooth stumps black.
Now these are deciduous teeth (will fall out) but they will hang around for some time until baby's permanent teeth come in. No parent wants their child to have broken and deformed teeth, much less black spots in their child’s mouth.
While you do need to get rest you also don’t want your child to suffer negatively from baby bottle tooth decay. Here are a few solutions that you can try to combat the problem in the first place.
One, avoid giving your child sugary drinks in their bottle at night. Milk is more filling but if your child is trying to fall asleep and may be a bit restless, try filling a small bottle with water. If chewing on the nipple helps to soothe them, it won’t be long before they fall asleep. Besides, tap water contains fluoride which helps to build strong teeth.
How about a pacifier? You can use it just at night when you baby is having trouble settling down. Choose one that resembles the shape of a bottle nipple so baby will more readily accept it.
And, resist the urge to coat it with milk or juice. All this will do is have your child craving more sweet stuff each time they are wakeful. Even a small amount of sugar settling in the mouth can begin the process of tooth decay.