Elderly Care: Helping You Deal With the Dying Process

Elderly Care: Helping You Deal With the Dying Process

Are Baby Bottles Causing Your Child's Teeth To Decay?

Julio Carr

Tooth decay isn't one of the things many people consider when they're giving their child a bottle. The truth is there's definitely a correlation between baby bottles and the onset of early tooth deterioration. But there's more to it than that. So don't go throwing all your child's bottles out just yet.

Bottles Aren't the Direct Cause of Child Tooth Decay

It's not the baby bottle that causes the tooth decay. A process occurs in the mouth that causes tooth decay.

  • Plaque forms on teeth
  • The bacteria in plaque feeds on sugar
  • The process creates acid as a byproduct
  • The acid erodes tooth enamel

This process occurs for everybody, including children. Even if your child only has a single tooth, that tooth has a susceptibility to decay.

How Baby Bottles Contribute to Tooth Decay

When your child has a bottle in their mouth, they are essentially keeping exposing the plaque on their teeth to a constant stream of sugar. The sugar comes from the milk, formula, or juice in the bottle.

Usually, your child's saliva does the work of cleaning off their teeth, getting rid of the sugar, and removing the acid. When there's constant contact from sugar, your child's saliva cannot keep up. Over time, this will lead to tooth decay.

Types of Tooth Decay Your Child Can Develop

Your child's teeth can have all the same potential problems as your own. There are some specific categories of tooth decays for children.

Nursing or baby bottle syndrome—This form of tooth decay occurs when you let your child sleep with a bottle. While sleep, children produce less saliva. In addition, the nipple of the bottle will prevent the saliva they do produce from reaching certain areas, such as the front teeth. The liquid from the bottle will form little pools on and behind the teeth. This will allow the plaque on their teeth to stay bathed in sugar for hours at a time.

Early childhood caries (ECC)ECC occurs when a child has one or more cases of severe tooth deterioration. It's a disease, and can quickly become a very serious issue for a child. Many use these terms interchangeably. ECC can definitely start as baby bottle syndrome. Baby bottle syndrome can accelerate ECC. In the end, they're all terms to describe child tooth decay of all kinds.

Doing What You Can to Combat Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

You don't have to quit bottles and find an alternative. You just have to make sure you pay attention to how you let your child drink from the bottle.

  • Avoid bedtime bottles
  • Clean your child's teeth and gums
  • Avoid drinks with lots of sugar
  • Make sure your child finishes the bottle

You want to give your child's teeth the best chance. Remember that baby teeth are important, whether they have one tooth or a full set.

Take your child to see a pediatric dentist to make sure their teeth are in good health. Clinics like Dino Kids DDS can also give you more information on how you can keep your child's teeth free of tooth decay.


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Elderly Care: Helping You Deal With the Dying Process

As an elderly care worker, I have witnessed the deaths of many individuals. I have seen family members become angry, sad, and completely silent at the end. I have also seen individuals refuse to see family members out of denial. People deal with death in different ways, and the strong emotions are often unfamiliar and scary. If you have a parent or grandparent who is elderly, then I want to share with you what I know about end of life care and dying process. We are a society that does not talk about death, and this can cause great pain when a family member dies. Learn about the process and find out how to deal with your own emotions and how to love your family members at the end. If there is only a small amount of time left, then I want you to cherish the final moments.