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Definition of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
This is a dental condition that occurs in children between 18 months and 3 years of age as a result of being given a bottle at bedtime, resulting in prolonged exposure of the teeth to milk or juice.
Caries (tooth decay) are formed because pools of milk or juice in the mouth break down to lactic acid and other decay-
Description of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Giving your baby a bedtime bottle can seem like a great idea at the end of a long day, when you are exhausted and baby is having trouble settling down. And when your baby is fussing between feedings during the day, a bottle of juice or formula may be a ready source of comfort. Yet these habits can lead to nursing-
Causes and Risk Factors of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
This condition occurs when the baby's teeth are exposed frequently and over along period of time to the sugars present in liquids such as milk, formula, and fruit juice.
The longer that these sugars sit on the tooth enamel, the more opportunity they have to combine with bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria, in turn, produce acids that attack tooth enamel.
The upper front teeth are most vulnerable to damage from nursing bottle mouth.
Prevention of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay.
These problems can be avoided by making sure that the baby does not fall asleep with a bottle of milk, formula, or juice in his or her mouth -
A good preventive strategy to wean a 12-
Then, give your child a cup of whole milk each morning. The flavor of the whole milk will make the diluted beverage less appealing and, hopefully, convince your child to give up the nighttime bottle.
The weaning process should take about a week. Aim for a week to ten days. The baby may be reluctant to give up the water-
One effective way of guarding against cavities is to assure that the baby's diet includes fluoride. Talk to your pediatrician about this.