By the time your child is 1 to 1 1/2 years old, he/she should be able to obtain all dietary needs during daytime hours. While your child may still enjoy a bottle of milk before bedtime, it can do a great deal of harm to emerging teeth, as well as the supporting gums. Therefore, many London W1 dentists recommend that you eliminate bedtime bottles as soon as your child is able to tolerate an amended feeding schedule. You may also want to talk to your dentist about alternatives that will help your child fall asleep without causing further damage to teeth and gums.
As you may be aware, baceteria and other pathogens feed on sugar. When you give your child a bedtime bottle, there will be enough sugars left behind in the mouth to feed these bacteria. Aside from leading to the early development of plaque, it can also cause all kinds of other problems. On the other hand, if you make sure that your child’s teeth and gums are free of food particles before bedtime, you can have peace of mind knowing that pathogens will not be able to take root as easily.
Chances are, you realize that habits created in the early years of life will extend into adulthood. For example, if your baby is used to having a snack before bedtime, it can and will be very difficult to break this habit later on. At the same time, it will also be very hard to make sure that your child brushes his/her teeth after consuming these snacks. As a result, the process of allowing stray food particles to feed bacteria will continue throughout life. Eventually, this will lead to tooth loss, gum disease, and infections. Today, you have an opportunity to set your child on the right track to good dental health when you eliminate bedtime bottles as soon as possible.