As soon as teeth appear in the mouth, decay can occur. One of the risk factors for early childhood caries (sometimes called baby bottle tooth decay or nursing mouth syndrome) is frequent and prolonged exposure of a baby’s teeth to liquids, such as fruit juice, milk or formula, which all contain sugar.
Tooth decay can occur when a baby is put to bed with a bottle. We suggest that infants should finish their naptime or bedtime bottle before going to bed. Don’t let your child carry the training cup around. Toddlers are often unsteady on their feet. They take an unnecessary risk if they try to walk and drink at the same time. Falling while drinking from a cup has the potential to injure the mouth.
For sipping success, carefully choose and use a training cup. As the first birthday approaches, encourage your child to drink from a cup. As this changeover from baby bottle to training cup takes place, be very careful:
- what kind of training cup you choose
- what goes into the cup
- how frequently your child sips from it
- that your child does not carry the cup around
Feel free to reach out to us for more information. If your child has not had a dental examination, schedule a checkup for his or her teeth. We agree with The American Dental Association and think that it is beneficial for the first dental visit to occur within six months of the appearance of the first tooth, and no later than the child’s first birthday. Gone too are the traditional ideas that the dental office cannot be child friendly and functional; almost everything in the office is set to a child's height (even the dental chairs)! We strive to meet the needs of all children from birth to adulthood. Contact us now to schedule your next visit.