Early Childhood Caries or Baby Bottle Syndrome
is the rapid decay of baby teeth in an infant or child from
frequent exposure, for long periods of time, to liquids containing
sugars. The upper front teeth are most commonly affected.
The problem is usually caused by a baby falling asleep while
nursing a bottle or while breast feeding. While the child
is asleep, the sugary liquid pools around the front teeth.
The bacteria living in every babys mouth then turns
the sugars to acid which causes decay.
Common sources of liquids high in sugars are:
- A bottle containing formula, milk, soda, or juice
- A pacifier dipped in honey
- Breast milk
You can help prevent Early Childhood Caries by:
- Cleaning your childs teeth daily
- Not allowing your child to fall asleep with
a bottle filled with juice, milk, or formula
- Not allowing your child to sip on a bottle
filled with juice, milk, or formula for long periods
of time as a pacifier
- Giving your child plain water when he or she is thirsty
- Making sure your child gets the fluoride needed to prevent
- Making regular dental appointments for your child beginning
when their first tooth erupts
can provide you with more information which can improve the
care of your childs teeth and maximize their oral health.