How can parents prevent baby bottle tooth decay?
Baby bottle decay, also called nursing-bottle or nursing-mouth syndrome, is a condition that can destroy teeth of an infant or young child. This is decay is caused when baby’s teeth are exposed to sugary liquids (breast milk, formula, fruit juice, other sweetened liquids) for long periods. Reduce the chances of baby bottle decay by watching what you give the baby between regular feedings. A nursing bottle should not be used as a pacifier or as an aid to help baby sleep, unless it contains plain water. Also after each feeding wipe the baby’s teeth and gums with a clean, damp washcloth or gauze pad. This will remove plaque and prevent acid attacks.