Tooth decay of the young

Breast milk, infant formula, cow's milk and fruit juices all contain sugar.

Babies CAN have cavities because they:
  • Go to bed with a bottle of milk, infant formula or juice.
  • Fall asleep in their mother's mouth still full of milk.
  • This type of decay can manifest until the age of 4 years. Once your child has teeth, check them every month. Beware of dull white spots or lines that may form on the teeth at the edge of the gums. Also beware of dark colored teeth. If any of these signs appear, go see your dentist immediately. The caries of young children should be treated quickly. Otherwise your child may have pain and develop an infection. If you give a bottle of milk, infant formula or juice at bedtime, stopping on the spot will NOT be easy.

Here's how to proceed:

  • Fill the bottle with water only.
  • If your child refuses, give him a clean lollipop, soft toy or blanket.
  • If your child is crying, do not give up.
  • Console it and try again.
  • If nothing works, try diluting your baby's bottle milk with water for a period of 1 or 2 weeks, until there is only water left. If your child falls asleep, try to remove him from the breast when he is still awake.