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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Did you know that children still drinking from a bottle anytime after their first birthday are likely to have tooth decay?

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, also known as "Baby Bottle Syndrome", is a condition involving the rapid decay of many or all of the baby teeth. It occurs in children between 18 months and 3 years of age, and is the leading dental problem for children under 3 years of age.
The leading cause of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is putting your baby to sleep with a bottle, which the baby can suck on for long periods of time. Baby Bottle Tooth Decay occurs when a child’s teeth are exposed to sugary liquids, such as formula, fruit juices, and other sweetened liquids for a continuous, extended period of time. It is best to take your baby off the bottle altogether after your child’s first birthday.
I took my first son off at one year. Yes, he cried and was not happy, but he got over it in a week. I had already been warned, but many parents don’t realize that it can really cause some damage to your child’s teeth. Getting them to drink out of a cup before the age of one will help with the weaning process. Another good idea is to offer water in the bottle, since it is the sugary liquid that flows over the baby’s upper front teeth and dissolves the enamel that can cause the infection. The longer you wait to take your child off the bottle, the more prone they are to having dental problems.


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I have a student right now in the preschool I teach at who had to have 2 of his front teeth removed because of Baby Bottle Syndrome. It's sad, it really is.
Yes it is so sad...sometimes you learn this too late though.

I did with my son. I was young and didn't know that this could happen. Thankfully it wasn't too bad.

I make sure everyone only gets water at night and everyone see's the dentist every 6 months that's another important thing.

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