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Early Childhood Tooth Decay

Updated on December 29, 2016

Baby Bottle Syndrome

Some toddlers get "baby bottle tooth decay" due to drinking a baby bottle, for long periods of time that contains sugar ingredients. There are drinks that parents can avoid putting into their baby's bottle: soda, water mixed with sugar, sweet drinks, sweet teas, fruit punch, or adding sugar to milk. Babies that go to sleep with a bottle in their mouth can cause early tooth decay. Parents can wean their toddler off of the baby bottle, and start them on a 'Sippy cup.' This way the toddler can sip their drink without the symptoms of early "childhood tooth decay," due to drinking a baby bottle throughout their day, instead of a sippy-cup.

The top front teeth are affected when a baby consume sugary drinks from their bottle, for long many hours throughout a day. Symptoms of tooth decay can also spread to other teeth in the baby's mouth as well, not just the front teeth. Once the teeth are decayed they may turn yellow, brown, or black; and no parent wants this to happen for their child's second pair of teeth coming in through their gums.

Early childhood tooth decay
Early childhood tooth decay

Prevent Toddler Tooth Cavities

  • Parents can make sure that when the the bottle is empty, take the bottle out of the baby's mouth.

  • Use the baby bottle for feedings only, not as a pacifier.

  • The baby can drink a water bottle before nap time, which will rinse the mouth as well.

  • Avoid giving your baby candies or other sweets while they are in bed going to sleep.

  • Make a dentist visit for your child at age 2-4.

  • Give juices in a 'Sippy cup' not a bottle.

  • Take your baby off the bottle at 12 -14 months of age.

  • Start your baby on a 'Sippy cup' at 6 or 7 months of age.

  • Breastfeed your baby, it decreases the chance of tooth decay.

  • Clean your baby's gums and teeth with a washcloth or gauze pad, or a small-soft toothbrush; cleanse the mouth with coconut oil.

  • You can begin your child on organic toothpaste by 6-8 months of age.

Early childhood tooth decay
Early childhood tooth decay

Avoid Baby Bottle Syndrome

  • Read to your child a story at night, instead of letting them sleep with a bottle at bed time.

  • Hold your baby as they go to sleep.

  • Give your baby a pacifier, or soft toy.

  • Play soft instrumental music.
  • Brush their gums or teeth with a very small amount of coconut oil.

Coconut oil is an anti-bacterial oil, and it prevents cavities in the teeth.

Avoid the chances of infant cavities all together, by breastfeeding your child as soon as they are born. Learn about breastfeeding while you are still pregnant, to know more about it before the child is born. Breast milk is one of the best gifts you can give your child, as their welcoming to the world.

Would you use coconut oil for your child's oral hygiene?

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    • peachpurple profile image


      7 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      Yes I agree that sucking bottle is the biggest problem to tooth decay.

    • Ann810 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Sunny Cali

      MsDora and Eric, thanks for commenting. The health of teeth can help keep inner organs of the body healthy as well.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Great advice for young mothers, if only they would take the time to put these good suggestions in place.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Quite interesting. Around here up through the 90's little toddlers would frequently have "golden" front teeth due to sodas in the bottle. Looks like that practice has been cleared up.


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