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What are the symptoms of baby bottle tooth decay?
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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Cavities, which can
Cavities seen by the parent, caused by the lactose in milk (milk sugar).

In brief: Cavities, which can
Cavities seen by the parent, caused by the lactose in milk (milk sugar).
Dr. Thomas Namey
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Dr. Matt Fulmer
Dentistry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Cavities
Baby-bottle decay is usually found on a child's anterior or front teeth.
These teeth have decay caused from the milk or juice that is placed in the child's bottle and typically given to them as they sleep. Other teeth can have decay as well.

In brief: Cavities
Baby-bottle decay is usually found on a child's anterior or front teeth.
These teeth have decay caused from the milk or juice that is placed in the child's bottle and typically given to them as they sleep. Other teeth can have decay as well.
Dr. Matt Fulmer
Dr. Matt Fulmer
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4 doctors agree
In brief: Early- white spots
Baby bottle tooth decay is now called early childhood caries, since a child doesn't need to be using a bottle to have it.
The earliest signs are white spots on the teeth- the result of acid demineralization. As the demineralization process continues, the teeth can become dark, the result of decayed dentin under the enamel, and finally the weak enamel breaks and makes a hole- a "cavity".

In brief: Early- white spots
Baby bottle tooth decay is now called early childhood caries, since a child doesn't need to be using a bottle to have it.
The earliest signs are white spots on the teeth- the result of acid demineralization. As the demineralization process continues, the teeth can become dark, the result of decayed dentin under the enamel, and finally the weak enamel breaks and makes a hole- a "cavity".
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Germs + milk sugar
Streptococcus mutans is the predominant germ in the mouths of infants developing early childhood decay.
The sugar in babies diet lingers around the teeth & feeds the germ.As the germ breaks down the sugar, an acid is formed that dissolves the enamel & produces whitish & brownish scooped out areas in the teeth.The front teeth are affected > back early on.

In brief: Germs + milk sugar
Streptococcus mutans is the predominant germ in the mouths of infants developing early childhood decay.
The sugar in babies diet lingers around the teeth & feeds the germ.As the germ breaks down the sugar, an acid is formed that dissolves the enamel & produces whitish & brownish scooped out areas in the teeth.The front teeth are affected > back early on.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Abel Loredo
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Abel Loredo
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Dr. Howard Schneider
Dentistry - Pediatric
In brief: Tooth decay
Usually it starts with a "white spot lesion" forming on the upper front teeth at the gum line.
It rapidly progresses to brownish pitting and eventually holes in these same areas. From there it progresses to the back teeth and it starts to destroy them as well. The child will often not complain of pain. The teeth hurt, they are just so used to it they don't complain.

In brief: Tooth decay
Usually it starts with a "white spot lesion" forming on the upper front teeth at the gum line.
It rapidly progresses to brownish pitting and eventually holes in these same areas. From there it progresses to the back teeth and it starts to destroy them as well. The child will often not complain of pain. The teeth hurt, they are just so used to it they don't complain.
Dr. Howard Schneider
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