Can nursing cause cavities? What about bottles and bottle rot? How do I prevent decay caused as a result?
The natural sugars found in breastmilk, formula, and any liquid that may contain sugar/acid, can cause cavities when the decay-causing bacteria are present. However, the decay that can be associated with nursing or bottle-feeding can certainly be prevented! Avoid nursing your child to sleep or sending them to bed with anything except water in their bed-time and nap-time bottles. As infants, it is recommended to brush or wipe the gums and teeth with a soft bristle infant toothbrush or a wash cloth after each feeding. When your baby has several teeth, if you are feeding before bed, be sure to brush with a fluoridated toothpaste and floss just before bed to ensure sugars/acids/bacteria have been removed from the teeth and gums.
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