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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Awareness

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, Nursing Bottle or Nursing Mouth Syndrome, is a dental condition that can destroy an infant’s teeth.

This is caused when an infant’s teeth are frequently exposed for long periods of time to liquids containing sugar.  Among these liquids are milk, breast milk, formula, fruit juice and other sweetened liquids.

Allowing babies to fall asleep with a bottle during naps or at night can harm their teeth.

During sleep the flow of saliva decreases and allows the liquids to remain around the teeth.  Teeth are covered by thin sticky film called plaque.  Bacteria in plaque use sugars to produce acid which attacks the enamel of the tooth.  Tooth decay occurs after frequent acid attacks, breaking down the enamel of the tooth.

A bottle should not be used as a pacifier or an aid to help the baby sleep unless it contains only water.

After each feeding, the baby’s gums and teeth should be wiped with a clean damp washcloth or gauze pad. Brushing should begin with a child-size soft-bristle toothbrush as soon as the first tooth appears, and the gums should be cleaned and massaged.

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