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How to Prevent Bottle Rot & Nursing Decay
Posted on 03/17/2016

How to Prevent Bottle Rot & Nursing Decay

Tips from Your Pediatric Dentist in Lynnwood

Dr. Clint Worton and his friendly team are dedicated to providing the best dental care for your children both in and out of the office. Whether you’re looking for information about how to prevent cavities, or ways to get your child more excited about the dentist, we’re here to help you! A common question we receive is how to prevent bottle rot and nursing decay in babies. If you’re unfamiliar with these terms, or would like to discover more information about this subject, please read  below and pass the information along to ensure your child and their friends have beautiful, healthy smiles!

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What Causes Bottle Rot or Nursing Decay? 

Before discussing how to prevent bottle rot and nursing decay, first we must define what  they are. Bottle rot and nursing decay refer to decay and cavities caused by bacteria build up from sugary liquids in infants. When natural sugars from milk, formula or fruit juice cling to an infant’s teeth, bacteria can build and produce acid that attacks the enamel on the teeth. It often occurs when babies fall asleep with a bottle in their mouths or after nursing, and their teeth are not cleaned promptly after. Since we all know the importance of healthy baby teeth, it is imperative that parents use preventative measures to discourage the bacteria from being produced. Bottle rot and nursing decay can lead to pain, infection and damaged adult teeth down the road. 

Ways to Avoid Bottle Rot or Nursing Decay 

There are a number of ways that bottle rot can be avoided. Follow these tips to help prevent your infant from getting it:

•Visit your pediatric dentist in Lynnwood approximately 6 months after the 1st baby tooth erupts, or after your child’s first birthday (whichever comes first)
•Rinse or wipe your child’s mouth after they’re done with their bottle or after they are done breastfeeding. This should be done every time to avoid sugary decay
Brush your child’s teeth and gums after every meal. Early brushing not only instills good habits early on, but it also helps prevent bacteria from growing
•Give your child healthy snacks including fruits and vegetables that are high in water concentration to help keep their teeth clean and healthy. Try to avoid sugary foods and liquids if possible
•Come for cleanings and checkups regularly to make sure your child’s teeth and gums are healthy and coming in properly

Schedule an Appointment Today

The best thing you can do for your child is schedule their first dental appointment and go through oral health care tips to avoid tooth decay. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 425-775-5411 or reach out to us at our contact page online. We look forward to seeing you and your child soon!