The thing about those teeth is that while they are not permanent, they do have to serve your child for many years before they are replaced by adult teeth. In an oral health bulletin published in 2011, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say that tooth decay effects one-quarter of American children between the ages of 2 and 5. And, while milk may not have the erosive acids in it as soda does, it does contain sugar – lactose. You may not think of lactose as the type of sugar that will rot teeth, but it can, and does for babies all around the world every year who aren’t given proper dental care.
The American Dental Association (ADA) says Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is the most common form of tooth decay in infants and young children. It is brought on by putting a baby to bed with a bottle or breastfeeding right before putting them down without first cleaning the teeth. The bacteria that feed on sugars is the primary culprit for tooth decay and creates colonies called biofilms that feed on the sugars and attack teeth. These bacteria can be passed from parent to child through saliva. If you put your baby’s spoon in your mouth to demonstrate how tasty a food is, you are passing that bacteria to your baby. When a baby falls to sleep with sugar containing liquid in his mouth, it pools around the teeth.