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What Is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Chapter: Change Child's Diet to Help Prevent Tooth Decay

A series of small changes over a period of time is usually easier and eventually leads to better oral health.


To incorporate these changes: 

  • Gradually dilute the bottle contents with water over a period of two to three weeks.
  • Once that period is over, if you give a child a bottle, fill it with water or give the child a clean pacifier recommended by a dentist. The only safe liquid to put in a bottle to prevent baby bottle tooth decay is water.
  • Decrease consumption of sugar, especially between meals.
  • Children should be weaned from the bottle as soon as they can drink from a cup, usually by their first birthday, but the bottle should not be taken away too soon, since the sucking motion aids in the development of facial muscles, as well as the tongue.

Reviewed: January 2012