What is “baby-bottle” tooth decay?

    Babies who go to bed with a bottle of milk, formula or juice are more likely to get tooth decay. Because the sugar in formula, milk or juice stays in contact with the teeth for a long time during the night, the teeth can decay quickly.

    Here are some tips to avoid baby-bottle tooth decay:

    • Put your child to bed with a bottle of plain water, not milk or juice.
    • Stop nursing when your child is asleep or has stopped sucking on the bottle.
    • Try not to let your child walk around using a bottle of milk or juice as a pacifier.
    • Start to teach your child to drink from a cup at about 6 months of age. Plan to stop using a bottle by 12 to 14 months at the latest.
    • Don’t dip your child’s pacifier in honey or sugar.