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Will bottles hurt my child's teeth?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Start weaning at 1

Start weaning the bottle at 1 year or a little before.
Once your child is drinking cow's milk always put the milk in a cup, not bottle. Then, just use bottles for water- typically this helps the weaning process go faster. Also, to protect your child's teeth never put them to bed with a bottle. The sugars from the milk can cause cavities.

In brief: Start weaning at 1

Start weaning the bottle at 1 year or a little before.
Once your child is drinking cow's milk always put the milk in a cup, not bottle. Then, just use bottles for water- typically this helps the weaning process go faster. Also, to protect your child's teeth never put them to bed with a bottle. The sugars from the milk can cause cavities.
Dr. Laura Webb
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: What's in bottle?

If bottle contains acidic food, like juice or milk, and acidic food lays on the teeth, damage can be done.
Best to never put child to bed with a bottle. If you must, nothing in bottle but water. And you should be cleaning your child's teeth routinely. At age 1, see a pediatric dentist for growth & development evaluation, oral hygiene instruction, and Fluoride management.

In brief: What's in bottle?

If bottle contains acidic food, like juice or milk, and acidic food lays on the teeth, damage can be done.
Best to never put child to bed with a bottle. If you must, nothing in bottle but water. And you should be cleaning your child's teeth routinely. At age 1, see a pediatric dentist for growth & development evaluation, oral hygiene instruction, and Fluoride management.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Felicia Mata
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

If the bottle is left even when the child is already sleeping.
This is where tooth bottle caries was derived from.

In brief: Yes

If the bottle is left even when the child is already sleeping.
This is where tooth bottle caries was derived from.
Dr. Felicia Mata
Dr. Felicia Mata
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