Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay in Child Care

Baby bottle

Child care providers can help support good dental health in young children. Bottles should be used only for feeding, not as a pacifier or for comfort. Allowing infants to have unlimited access to a bottle of milk, formula, or juice, or a sweetened pacifier will cause tooth decay.

Baby bottle tooth decay is often painful and can damage all of a child’s primary teeth. Severe toothaches, cavities, loss of teeth, crooked permanent teeth and possible ear and speech problems can …