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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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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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What is baby bottle tooth decay?

What is baby bottle tooth decay?

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. ...Read more

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How typical is baby bottle tooth decay?

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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Describe the features of baby bottle tooth decay.?

Describe the features of baby bottle tooth decay.?

Early- white spots: Baby bottle tooth decay is more accurately referred to as early childhood caries since children don’t need to be using a bottle to develop tooth decay. The very earliest stages of ecc can appear as white spots on the teeth- often by the gumline. This is demineralized dental enamel. If the demineralization continues under the enamel, the spot will become darker. The enamel can appear intact. ...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 long does tooth decay associated with baby bottle tooth decay last?

Until treated: Baby bottle tooth decay is a serious condition that is caused by putting a child to bed with juice, milk or another sugary drink in their bottle. The liquid accumulates around the upper front teeth and causes decay to occur rapidly. Decay removal and placement of tooth colored fillings or crowns is indicated if the teeth can be salvaged. If not, they will need to be extracted. See a dentist asap! ...Read more

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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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What are the risks associated with baby bottle tooth decay?

What are the risks associated with baby bottle tooth decay?

Rotten teeth: Rotten teeth can lead to abscesses and infections that may need surgery, and a permanent loss of teeth. It can be disfiguring and painful, too. ...Read more

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They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. What about baby bottle tooth decay?

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. What about baby bottle tooth decay?

Definitely: The rule for prevetion is: 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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Early stages of baby bottle tooth decay? My son, who is almost two, has light brown stains on his front top four teeth. Could this be a sign of baby bottle tooth decay or something else? Is it something I should worry about? .

Early stages of baby bottle tooth decay? My son, who is almost two, has light brown stains on his front top four teeth. Could this be a sign of baby bottle tooth decay or something else? Is it something I should worry about?


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Yes, yes,yes!: Yes there is "baby bottle syndrome" and yes if you've allowed your baby to fall asleep with a bottle and/or not started regular dental care the brown spots on the upper front teeth of your child could be decay! and yes...This is something to be concerned about for dental and overall health! see a pedodontist or dentist asap. ...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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Baby bottle tooth decay and pulling all teeth? My sister and brother-in-law have taken on a two year old that they want to adopt. They took her to the dentist, and the dentist said that she has severe tooth decay in almost all of her teeth, and wants to h

Baby bottle tooth decay and pulling all teeth? My sister and brother-in-law have taken on a two year old that they want to adopt. They took her to the dentist, and the dentist said that she has severe tooth decay in almost all of her teeth, and wants to h

I : I agree with dr funari. I would seek a second opinion with a pediatric dentist because they see more of this on a regular basis. Without x-rays it would be hard to say that all the baby teeth need extracted. I only pull baby teeth if they are infected and unrestorable. If the decay is at or in the nerve i will try to save the tooth with a baby root canal and crown. Sometimes if I have to remove a lot of teeth i try to save at least the back baby molars and canines to maintain the occlusion and ability to chew food. I also try to get the back baby molars by until the sic year molars erupt. To remove all the baby teeth will cause many problems which dr funari mentioned above. If the child is only two you will have to sided that sedation will be needed to treat her. If every tooth has decay it is dental neglect. Please get a second opinion. ...Read more

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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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Caries (Definition)

A destructive process causing decalcification of the tooth enamel and leading to continued destruction of enamel and dentin, and ...Read more