How Does Bottle Feeding Affect Your Baby’s Oral Health?
There is so much to think about when you have an infant that it can be overwhelming to keep track of it all! One of the areas you may not give much thought to in the early days is their oral health.
Choosing between breast and bottle feeding is a highly personal decision. While breastfeeding tends to reduce the incidence of tooth decay, in and of itself, it does not guarantee good oral health for your child. So whether you breastfeed or bottle feed your baby, you need to clean your child’s gums and baby teeth to keep them cavity-free, and your Metairie children's dentist will be happy to show you how it’s done.
What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?
You may have heard this term, and what it refers to is decay that occurs when a child is put to bed routinely with a bottle filled with milk, formula, or juice. The sugar that lingers in your child’s mouth overnight create acid, which in turn causes tooth decay.
- Give your child their last bottle before going to sleep
- If you do put your child down for sleep with a bottle, fill it with water
- Don’t use a bottle as a pacifier as sipping on sugary liquids can lead to cavities
- Be aware that bottle feeding beyond age two can also lead to alignment issues
Call Us to Schedule An Appointment
As a parent, there is a learning curve when it comes to managing your child’s oral health from birth, but the team at Oak Family Dental has all the answers you need. We not only support your child’s oral health with routine examinations and cleanings, but we also take the time to answer your questions and provide the expert guidance you need.
Are you looking for a knowledgeable children’s dentist in Metairie? Please call us to arrange an appointment so we can meet you and your child and help them enjoy a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles.