Early Childhood Caries


All of the doctors here have children; some are grown and out of college while others are still toddlers learning to walk. Nevertheless, we all remember those sleepless nights as our infants ate every 2-3 hours when they were super little. For some children, this habit of eating at night continues past the pediatrician’s recommended timeline. This becomes especially problematic once infants start teething.

Early childhood caries, also known as baby bottle rot or baby bottle tooth decay, can happen as soon as your child’s first tooth erupts. It is caused by frequent and long term exposure of a child’s teeth to liquids containing sugars. Among these are milk, breast milk, and formula! As long as your child is reaching appropriate weight goals, the only liquid your infant should consume in the middle of the night after brushing is water.