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What are the symptoms of baby bottle tooth decay?

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Cavities, which can: Cavities seen by the parent, caused by the lactose in milk (milk sugar).

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Germs + milk sugar: Streptococcus mutans is the predominant germ in the mouths of infants developing early childhood decay.The sugar in babies diet lingers around the teeth & feeds the germ.As the germ breaks down the sugar, an acid is formed that dissolves the enamel & produces whitish & brownish scooped out areas in the teeth.The front teeth are affected > back early on.

Answered 10/19/2012

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Dr. Jennifer Holtzman answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Early- white spots: Baby bottle tooth decay is now called early childhood caries, since a child doesn't need to be using a bottle to have it. The earliest signs are white spots on the teeth- the result of acid demineralization. As the demineralization process continues, the teeth can become dark, the result of decayed dentin under the enamel, and finally the weak enamel breaks and makes a hole- a "cavity".

Answered 9/30/2023

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Dr. Matt Fulmer answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Cavities : Baby-bottle decay is usually found on a child's anterior or front teeth. These teeth have decay caused from the milk or juice that is placed in the child's bottle and typically given to them as they sleep. Other teeth can have decay as well.

Answered 11/8/2015

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Dr. Abel Loredo answered

Specializes in General Dentistry

Baby Bottle Decay: The cardinal sign of baby bottle decay is rampant decay over the incisor area of a child's dentition. The reason why this is allow to happen is because nobody is watching. If parent are brushing and flossing their child's teeth every night and every morning, baby bottle caries would be non-existent. It is not like the dirty diaper that screams to be changed. A parent's daily watchful eye is needed.

Answered 9/30/2023

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Dr. Howard Schneider answered

Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry

Tooth decay: Usually it starts with a "white spot lesion" forming on the upper front teeth at the gum line. It rapidly progresses to brownish pitting and eventually holes in these same areas. From there it progresses to the back teeth and it starts to destroy them as well. The child will often not complain of pain. The teeth hurt, they are just so used to it they don't complain.

Answered 12/9/2013

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