Early Childhood Cavities

Sometimes called “baby bottle tooth decay”, early childhood cavities is a serious disease that can destroy your child's teeth but it can be prevented.

What causes early childhood cavities?

  • Letting your baby fall asleep with a bottle. When your baby is asleep, the liquids that contain sugar stay around the teeth and can cause decay. Even breast milk and formula contain sugar.
  • Prolonged nursing with mother or allowing your baby to fall asleep while nursing.
  • Allowing your infant to walk around with a bottle, sipping continuously.

Put your child to bed without a bottle...

Your child can fall asleep without a bottle. Here are five tips to try:

  • Let your child take a "security" blanket, teddy bear, doll, or favourite toy to bed
  • Quietly sing or play restful music
  • Hold or gently rock your child
  • Give your child a back rub to help him or her to relax
  • Read or tell your child a story.

What are the effects of early childhood cavities?

  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth loss
  • Ear and speech problems
  • Crooked permanent teeth
  • Severe pain
  • Poor self-image

How can I prevent early childhood cavities?

  • Get into the habit of putting your baby to bed without a bottle.
  • Never put the baby to bed with a bottle filled with formula, milk, juice, sugar water, or fizzy drinks. If your baby must have a bottle to go to sleep, fill it with water.
  • Do not let your infant walk around with a bottle.
  • Start teaching your infant to use a cup between 6-12 months. Exchange your baby's bottle for a training cup by the time he/she is one year old.
  • Check with your doctor or dentist to make sure your child is getting enough fluoride each day.

Kids can enjoy brushing!