Also known as early childhood caries, baby bottle tooth decay refers to tooth decay in infants and toddlers. This is not a new problem, humans have been over feeding their children since day one. When overfed breast milk, formula, table food, children can insult their tooth enamel to the point of forming cavities. Tooth decay is not an infectious disease as described by outdated sources, it is a condition of over stimulating the microbes that reside in all of our mouths with food. Remember the mouth is connected to the gut/GI, and the GI is inhabited by bacteria, the mouth is no different. Bacteria reside in both places normally and naturally, this is not what the dental profession largely believes unfortunately. Reduce feedings, wipe teeth clean after feedings, and begin to use small smears of fluoride toothpaste daily to harden all primary teeth as they grow in one by one. If you take this information and put it into practice on your children as they develop their mouth, you will be ahead of the game.

Your child needs strong, healthy primary teeth to properly chew food and learn to speak, so preventing baby bottle tooth decay is very important.