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.

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Top Tips for Good Oral Care During Childhood

  • Brushing and flossing
    Begin using toothpaste to brush your child's teeth when he (or she) is 2 years old. Young children tend to swallow toothpaste when brushing, rather than spitting it out. Introduce fluoride toothpaste when your child is old enough not to swallow it. As soon as two teeth touch each other, floss between them once a day. You can use regular floss or special plastic floss holders.

  • Dental visit
    New parents often ask, "When should my child first see a dentist?” Your child should see a dentist by his or her first birthday.

 

Kids can enjoy brushing!