Bottles and Sippy Cups
Breastfeeding and bottles are an inevitable part of raising a baby! So, what's all the fuss about? The concern with prolonged breastfeeding and bottle use surrounds early childhood cavities (caries). What causes these cavities?
This condition is caused by frequent and prolonged exposure of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain sugar (including breast milk, formula, milk and juice).
To prevent this from occurring, we suggest parents clean the baby's mouth with a wet washcloth after feeding. It is also a good idea to not give a bottle at nightime. If you are going to give a bottle, it is recommended that you give them only plain water.
So what happens if your child gets early childhood cavities? They are at risk for pain and infection.
What clues should you look for? Early childhood cavities typically begin as white spots with a chalky appearance, these typically are found along the gum line of the upper front teeth. If you notice these spots on your infants teeth, it is important to bring them in to see their dentist as cavities progress quite quickly in baby teeth and the risk of cavities are quite high once these are found. If the cavity process is detected early enough, a fluoride varnish can be applied which substantially reduces the chance of these spots becoming cavities.