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Does use of cow's milk cause teeth cavities in a child 16 months old?
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics
In brief: Depends
Most foods or beverages have inherent sugar content.
Cows' milk has natural sugars that can cause cavities. The length of time the teeth are exposed is the critical factor. Baby bottle caries comes from generally fruit juice mixes in the bottle that a child may ingest over many hours. Rinsing with water well, should clear the mouth of these sugars. It is the time exposed that is critical.

In brief: Depends
Most foods or beverages have inherent sugar content.
Cows' milk has natural sugars that can cause cavities. The length of time the teeth are exposed is the critical factor. Baby bottle caries comes from generally fruit juice mixes in the bottle that a child may ingest over many hours. Rinsing with water well, should clear the mouth of these sugars. It is the time exposed that is critical.
Dr. David Schleimer
Dr. David Schleimer
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In brief: Yes. It can
Each time a tooth is exposed to milk, it is exposed to about an hour of acid on the teeth.
Multiple exposures of acid on teeth will cause cavities. If a child sleeps for seven hours per night and that child has access to a bottle of milk, the teeth could well have seven hours of acid exposure per night! limit the number of exposures to the acids. No bottles/sipply cups in bed.

In brief: Yes. It can
Each time a tooth is exposed to milk, it is exposed to about an hour of acid on the teeth.
Multiple exposures of acid on teeth will cause cavities. If a child sleeps for seven hours per night and that child has access to a bottle of milk, the teeth could well have seven hours of acid exposure per night! limit the number of exposures to the acids. No bottles/sipply cups in bed.
Dr. Justin Zumstein
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Dr. Patrick Hieber
Pediatrics
In brief: Caries
It can. If children are allowed to take bottles of milk or juice to bed with them overnight, the carbohydrates in these liquids allow oral bacteria to create a greatly increased incidence of cavities.

In brief: Caries
It can. If children are allowed to take bottles of milk or juice to bed with them overnight, the carbohydrates in these liquids allow oral bacteria to create a greatly increased incidence of cavities.
Dr. Patrick Hieber
Dr. Patrick Hieber
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