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Will falling asleep with the bottle in her mouth damage my baby's teeth?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Howard Schneider
Dentistry - Pediatric
2 doctors agree
In brief: Water is ok
Any liquid, other then plain water, can cause early childhood caries, mother's milk included.
This is both an emotionally and financially devastating disease that can rapidly destroy an infants teeth. Prevention is easy - only use plain water in nap time and night time bottles. Start cleaning your babes teeth as soon as they come in. See pediatric dentist by age one year.

In brief: Water is ok
Any liquid, other then plain water, can cause early childhood caries, mother's milk included.
This is both an emotionally and financially devastating disease that can rapidly destroy an infants teeth. Prevention is easy - only use plain water in nap time and night time bottles. Start cleaning your babes teeth as soon as they come in. See pediatric dentist by age one year.
Dr. Howard Schneider
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
If your baby is falling asleep with a bottle that has juice or milk or any other liquid containing calories, this can definitely lead to tooth decay.
This is so likely that the term used to describe these cavities in babies is "bottle-mouth caries.".

In brief: Yes
If your baby is falling asleep with a bottle that has juice or milk or any other liquid containing calories, this can definitely lead to tooth decay.
This is so likely that the term used to describe these cavities in babies is "bottle-mouth caries.".
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Establish a
Consistent bedtime with a routine of reading, rocking, feeding & wiping out your baby''s mouth before putting her in her crib, on her back, drowsy but awake before 5 mos.
To avoid 1) dental caries in erupting teeth at 5-6 months 2) developmental night crying at 6 months & > 3) trained night feeding at 6 mos. & > 4) ear infections from formula's refluxing into her middle ears.

In brief: Establish a
Consistent bedtime with a routine of reading, rocking, feeding & wiping out your baby''s mouth before putting her in her crib, on her back, drowsy but awake before 5 mos.
To avoid 1) dental caries in erupting teeth at 5-6 months 2) developmental night crying at 6 months & > 3) trained night feeding at 6 mos. & > 4) ear infections from formula's refluxing into her middle ears.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Charlene Sojico
Yes, definitely.
Dr. Richard Ruden
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
As soon as a baby's first teeth appear—usually by age six months or so—the child is susceptible to decay.
This condition is often referred to as baby bottle tooth decay or early childhood caries (cavities). In some unfortunate cases, infants and toddlers have experienced severe tooth decay that has resulted in dental restorations or extractions.

In brief: Yes
As soon as a baby's first teeth appear—usually by age six months or so—the child is susceptible to decay.
This condition is often referred to as baby bottle tooth decay or early childhood caries (cavities). In some unfortunate cases, infants and toddlers have experienced severe tooth decay that has resulted in dental restorations or extractions.
Dr. Richard Ruden
Dr. Richard Ruden
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Try to avoid having your baby get it the habit of falling asleep with the bottle in the mouth.
This is especially important if your baby has teeth. Once the teeth erupt, get in the habit of brushing your baby's teeth regularly with a flouride-free toothpaste. Once your baby is at the appropriate age (ask your doctor), fluoridated water daily will also help to prevent cavities.

In brief: Yes
Try to avoid having your baby get it the habit of falling asleep with the bottle in the mouth.
This is especially important if your baby has teeth. Once the teeth erupt, get in the habit of brushing your baby's teeth regularly with a flouride-free toothpaste. Once your baby is at the appropriate age (ask your doctor), fluoridated water daily will also help to prevent cavities.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. BEHRAM DALAL
Dentistry
In brief: That depends
On what is in the bottle -- juice, milk -- no.
Water is okay. Hope this helps.

In brief: That depends
On what is in the bottle -- juice, milk -- no.
Water is okay. Hope this helps.
Dr. BEHRAM DALAL
Dr. BEHRAM DALAL
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