STOP BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY
What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?
It is a serious dental disease affecting infants and children. Tooth decay that results from improper feeding practices. It may involve one or several teeth and usually occurs on the upper front teeth.
How might your child get Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?
If your child sleeps with a bottle.
If your child has a bottle for long periods during the day.
If you child sucks on a pacifier dipped in honey, syrup or anything sweet.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay may cause:
Crooked permanent teeth
Ear and speech problems
Possible emotional problems
Helpful hints for breaking the bottle habit:
Do not give your child a bottle at any time other than for feeding.
Teach you child to use a cup at about 6 months of age so by age 1 the bottle may be eliminated.
What can be used to calm and quiet you child?
Give a security blanket, teddy bear or a plain pacifier
Sing or play music
Hold or rock your child
Give back rub
Use a musical mobile
Read a book or tell a story
PREVENT BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY
Put you child to bed without a bottle. Do not let your child walk around or sit with a bottle during the day.
Trade the bottle for a cup by 1 year of age.
Brush your child's teeth as soon as they appear in the mouth.
Visit the dentist regularly, starting between ages 2 and 3, earlier if a problem exists.
Avoid giving your child sugary foods.
Make sure your child receives fluoride. Fluoride toothpaste, fluoride water and fluoride treatments or drops are excellent sources.
Sorce DuPage County Health Department