How To Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II
Commack (631) 486-6364
Medford (631) 320-0880

An extremely common and serious form of tooth decay among young children is baby bottle tooth decay or ECC (early childhood caries). Baby bottle tooth decay occurs when infant and young children's teeth are exposed to sugary liquids frequently and for long periods of time. Some of these liquids include milk, formula, fruit juice, and breast milk.

Often times, parents provide their little ones with a bottle at nap and bedtime. It's important to make sure that you fill the bottle with water only! Letting your child drink a sugary liquid each night at bedtime or nap time is a leading factor in rapid toothy decay. This gives the liquid time to pool in your child's mouth around their teeth giving plaque bacteria an opportunity to produce acid that attack tooth enamel.

It's important to remember after all meals and drinks to wipe your baby's gums with a damp washcloth or gauze pad to remove any plaque that may have built up.

If you have any questions about baby bottle tooth decay, we encourage you to give us a call at either our Medford or Commack location. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. For more information, visit us at

At Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County, we have a caring and compassionate approach to dentistry, ensuring our patients comfort at all times. As your child's pediatric dentist, we're committed to guaranteeing your child receives the best dental care possible. We encourage you to contact us for more information. 

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