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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Baby bottle tooth decay is a condition that can destroy the primary teeth of an infant or young child. It occurs when the child’s teeth are frequently exposed to sugary liquids for long periods. These liquids include milk (even breast milk), formula, fruit juice and other sweetened liquids.

What causes tooth decay?

A thin, sticky colorless film of bacteria called plaque covers teeth. The bacteria produce acids that can attack tooth enamel. When sugary food or liquid remains in the mouth after eating, the bacteria have more time to produce decay-causing acid.

Decay is preventable

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 and or extractions. The good news is that decay is preventable.

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Source: American Dental Association.

 

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