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Can babies who breast feed get tooth decay? I try and breast feed my son whenever i can, and would like to know if that can also lead to tooth decay. .

Can babies who breast feed get tooth decay? I try and breast feed my son whenever i can, and would like to know if that can also lead to tooth decay.


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Yes: Bacteria can turn mother's milk into acid byproducts just a easily as anything else. Limit your child's breast feeding to when they are hungry. Clean their teeth and gums with a damp gauze and/or infant tooth brush after each feeding. If they have teeth it is time to make an appointment with a pediatric dentist. ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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How do you treat baby bottle tooth decay?

How do you treat baby bottle tooth decay?

Clean the teeth: If caught early enough, the tooth decay process can be stopped and even repaired. Brush teeth thoroughly at least once a day to remove acid causing bacteria, stay away from sugars, breads and sodas (even diet!), use a small amount of Fluoride ( in toothpaste and water) to help calcium and phosphate in the saliva to repair the acid damage. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Baby bottle tooth decay?

What is the definition or description of: Baby bottle tooth decay?

Baby Bottle Syndrome: Circumferential decay of deciduous teeth, most commonly incisors, usually in the gingival 1/3 of the crowns, Caused by putting child down to nap or sleep with a bottle containing milk or juice. Sugars in the liquids lay on the teeth, combine with bacteria (plaque) to form decay producing acids. ...Read more

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How common is baby bottle tooth decay in infants?

How common is baby bottle tooth decay in infants?

It depends: Baby bottle tooth decay is not too common and it depends on how often the baby falls asleep with the bottle in the mouth and keeps sucking on the milk throughout the night. It is best to remove the bottle once baby is asleep, and replace the bottle with pure water. Everyday wipe the teeth with a wet or dry gauze to remove the layer of plaque. ...Read more

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What is the best way to prevent baby bottle tooth decay?

What is the best way to prevent baby bottle tooth decay?

Follow One Rule: Never put a child to bed at nap-time or night-time with a bottle containing anything other then plain water. If they are getting enough nutrition during the day while they are awake they don't need anything extra at nap-time and night-time. ...Read more

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Does diluting juice help prevent baby bottle tooth decay? I understand that juice has sugar, and the sugar can cause cavities. I’ve read that diluting it with water makes it less likely your baby will get baby bottle tooth decay. I only give him juice a f

Does diluting juice help prevent baby bottle tooth decay? I understand that juice has sugar, and the sugar can cause cavities. I’ve read that diluting it with water makes it less likely your baby will get baby bottle tooth decay. I only give him juice a f

Replace don't dilute: The sugar will change the acid/base balance in his mouth while there & for about an hour after drinking the juice. The longer it's in his mouth, the more decay you will see. Consult with your dentist & pediatrician, and determine a way to give him food on intervals and something with no sugar (like water) the rest of the time. This can save you loads of time, $$ and pain. Good luck! ...Read more

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How typical is baby bottle tooth decay?

Baby bottle decay: I see it about 1 in 100 children. Parents need to brush and floss the child's teeth as soon as they come in! the diet is very important! refined carborhydrates like crackers, chips, juice boxes (which are full of sugar) are a no no. If your child needs the bottle at night - make sure it is only water- milk has sugar in and can cause decay sitting on the teeth overnight. ...Read more

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Is baby bottle tooth decay a real thing?

Is baby bottle tooth decay a real thing?

Yes : Baby bottle decay is real, and is rampant in some communities. By allowing the child to sleep with sweetened water, milk or juice for hours can cause a rapid onset of cavities. ...Read more

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When can baby bottle tooth decay start?

When can  baby bottle tooth decay start?

Immediately : Baby bottle decay can start with the presence of food and teeth. If the babies teeth are not cleaned after each feeding, and the food is able to either pool or accumulate, you can be sure that decay will start to occur. It is best to start a routine of cleaning the food and drink from the child's mouth after each feeding to get them into the routine of good oral hygiene from an early age. ...Read more

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Tooth Decay (Definition)

Tooth decay is the destructive process that occurs when the acids and bacteria in the mouth demineralize and dissolve away portions of the tooth structure. This can be stopped with proper tooth care and mineralization products (like fluoride) that ...Read more


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