Baby bottle caries is caused by allowing your baby to fall asleep while nursing or by putting your baby to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. Milk and juice break down into sugar and can cause lots of cavities on your child’s newly developing teeth. The best way to avoid baby bottle caries is to back sure you don’t let your baby fall asleep with a bottle or at the breast. See your dentist when your child gets their first tooth – no later than one years old. Your dentist will talk to you about caring for your child’s teeth right from the start!
Will they clean my child’s teeth at that age?
No. This will just be a “happy visit.” The dentist will discuss good home care techniques, nutritious diet, and fluoride intake with the parent or primary caregiver. In addition, the dentist will examine your child’s mouth to see that everything is developing normally.