Early childhood cavities (or caries), also known as baby bottle caries and baby bottle tooth decay, is characterized by severe decay in the teeth of infants or young children. This is a significant problem for children under 5 years old.
Frequent consumption of liquids such as juice, milk, formula and/or soda increases the risk of dental caries due to prolonged contact between sugars in the liquid and bacteria on children's teeth. Frequent bottle feeding at night, and extended and repetitive use of a no-spill "sippy cup" are associated with childhood cavities. Those who experience cavities as infants or toddlers have a much greater chance of subsequent caries in primary and permanent teeth.
The good news is that most decay is preventable.
Most children needing treatment for a cavity are able to be seen in the office. If your child is unable to cooperate while a cavity is fixed, they may be treated in an operating room under general anesthesia.
Learn more by reading Treating Your Child's Decayed Teeth