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They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. What about baby bottle tooth decay?
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Dr. Howard Schneider
Dentistry - Pediatric
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Howard Schneider
Dr. Howard Schneider
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3 doctors agree
In brief: Wean by a year
No bottle propping, no bottle in bed at night.
Brush your baby's gums and teeth.

In brief: Wean by a year
No bottle propping, no bottle in bed at night.
Brush your baby's gums and teeth.
Dr. Marina Armendariz
Dr. Marina Armendariz
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Baby bottle decay
The most critical preventive is: "never put a baby to bed with a bottle that has anything but water." Also, once teeth have erupted, clean the teeth in the morning and before bedtime.
If you are unsure how to clean the baby's teeth, ask your dentist for guidance.

In brief: Baby bottle decay
The most critical preventive is: "never put a baby to bed with a bottle that has anything but water." Also, once teeth have erupted, clean the teeth in the morning and before bedtime.
If you are unsure how to clean the baby's teeth, ask your dentist for guidance.
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Water only at night
If your water is not fluoridated, advise seeking the help of pediatrician for fluoride supplements in the vitamin drops, ie- polyvi-flor, tri-viflor. In addition, only water in the bottle at night.
The decay caused by nursing bottle syndrome can be devistating and is easily preventable.

In brief: Water only at night
If your water is not fluoridated, advise seeking the help of pediatrician for fluoride supplements in the vitamin drops, ie- polyvi-flor, tri-viflor. In addition, only water in the bottle at night.
The decay caused by nursing bottle syndrome can be devistating and is easily preventable.
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Start early
Early gum massage by parents followed by gentile cleaning of erupting teeth helps baby get use to the idea.
If you wait till they have a mouthfull they won't let you. Water in bottles or soft nose cups after 1yr prevents tooth decay.Put the tasty stuff in a hard nose sippy cup. Preserve the baby teeth and you have more room for adult teeth when they come & better overall health.

In brief: Start early
Early gum massage by parents followed by gentile cleaning of erupting teeth helps baby get use to the idea.
If you wait till they have a mouthfull they won't let you. Water in bottles or soft nose cups after 1yr prevents tooth decay.Put the tasty stuff in a hard nose sippy cup. Preserve the baby teeth and you have more room for adult teeth when they come & better overall health.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Simple 3 steps
1. Never use a feeding bottle as a pacifier.
2. not to put your child to bed with a bottle.3. Don't dip a baby pacifier in honey or sugar. Best of luck.

In brief: Simple 3 steps
1. Never use a feeding bottle as a pacifier.
2. not to put your child to bed with a bottle.3. Don't dip a baby pacifier in honey or sugar. Best of luck.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Kevin Nail
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Baby bottle
Don't leave your baby with a bottle in their crib, give them water in their bottle once their teeth have erupted

In brief: Baby bottle
Don't leave your baby with a bottle in their crib, give them water in their bottle once their teeth have erupted
Dr. Kevin Nail
Dr. Kevin Nail
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Dr. Abel Loredo
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
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
Dr. Abel Loredo
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