What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (Bottle Rot)?

Baby bottle decay, otherwise known as “bottle rot”, is a common finding amongst children who have frequent exposure to liquids and foods that can cause cavities, including milk, fruit juice, formula, and even breast milk. The sugars can create an acidic environment, and can cause decay to spread throughout the teeth. This is most commonly seen in the top four front teeth, and is often associated with children that are put to sleep with the bottle, or night nurse without brushing after.

It is important to wipe/brush your child’s teeth after consumption of milk or juice. If you must give the baby a bottle as a comforter at bedtime, it should contain only water. This can be achieved overtime by diluting the milk with water gradually.