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will falling asleep with the bottle in her mouth damage my baby's teeth?

5 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Yes: If your baby is falling asleep with a bottle that has juice or milk or any other liquid containing calories, this can definitely lead to tooth decay. This is so likely that the term used to describe these cavities in babies is "bottle-mouth caries.".
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: Try to avoid having your baby get it the habit of falling asleep with the bottle in the mouth. This is especially important if your baby has teeth. Once the teeth erupt, get in the habit of brushing your baby's teeth regularly with a flouride-free toothpaste. Once your baby is at the appropriate age (ask your doctor), fluoridated water daily will also help to prevent cavities.
Dr. Richard Ruden
Dentistry 38 years experience
Yes: As soon as a baby's first teeth appear—usually by age six months or so—the child is susceptible to decay. This condition is often referred to as baby bottle tooth decay or early childhood caries (cavities). In some unfortunate cases, infants and toddlers have experienced severe tooth decay that has resulted in dental restorations or extractions.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Establish a : Consistent bedtime with a routine of reading, rocking, feeding & wiping out your baby''s mouth before putting her in her crib, on her back, drowsy but awake before 5 mos. To avoid 1) dental caries in erupting teeth at 5-6 months 2) developmental night crying at 6 months & > 3) trained night feeding at 6 mos. & > 4) ear infections from formula's refluxing into her middle ears.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Yes, definitely.
Dec 3, 2012
Dr. Behram Dalal
Dentistry 31 years experience
That depends: On what is in the bottle -- juice, milk -- no. Water is okay. Hope this helps.

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