Perhaps you have heard of “early childhood cavities” caused by the overnight use of baby bottles. If not, it is a serious concern among dental professionals, and parents who are aware of the fact that -even before their first tooth appears- children are at risk for early childhood cavities.
Babies and toddlers, who go to sleep with a bottle, do not have the opportunity for their natural saliva to “cleanse” their palate. Rather, the natural sugars that occur in milk, formula, juice …and even breast milk, sit on their teeth all night creating plaque, which is the culprit for decay.
In addition to this, allowing your toddler to walk around with a bottle also adds to the sugar buildup on their newly forming teeth.
Early childhood cavities can cause tooth loss, meaning that they will literally be without some of their baby teeth until their adult ones grow in. In addition, they can acquire speech problems from the constant sucking of the bottle. This can even affect their permanent teeth, shifting their growth and causing them to be crooked when they finally do appear.
The simple solution …put your child to bed without a bottle. Form healthy eating habits early on to maintain optimal oral health care.
Perhaps “simple solution” was the wrong way to describe it. We empathize with parents who have found that this soothing routine has been the best approach for them and their child, but consider these options to wean your child off of their nighttime bottle routine.
– Replace a bottle with a blanket. Something that offers them security and comfort without the risk of unhealthy side effects.
– Create a new routine where you sing to your child, tell them a bedtime story, or do a nighttime massage. This can be a truly soothing, and health’full way to counteract the bottle.
These vital years of healthy growth and habits start with the loving counsel and direction of parents. We understand that this is no light subject, nor one to pass by as more of a suggestion than a cautionary tale. However, we hope that this information helps you to make healthy decisions for your young one’s oral health.
At Dentists R Us, we are more than happy to continue this conversation at any one of our offices, and provide you with further helpful information!
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