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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Caries (Definition)

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