Nursing Bottle Caries
Also known as: baby bottle tooth decay, bottle rot, early childhood caries.
What are nursing bottle caries?
The tooth decay that occurs in infants and very young children is often referred to as “baby bottle tooth decay”.
What causes nursing bottle caries?
Nursing bottle caries happens when the sweetened drinks (like milk, formula, fruit juices) or pacifiers dipped in sugar are given, particularly at nap time or at night, stick to the teeth for a long time allowing mouth bacteria to change the sugar to acids that attack the teeth causing tooth decay.
What are the symptoms of nursing bottle caries?
Visible tooth decay, particularly the front upper teeth, tooth pain, cavities, infections and the early loss of teeth are all possible outcomes of nursing bottle caries.
What are nursing bottle caries care options?
The best treatment for nursing bottle caries is prevention. Avoid prolonged exposure of the baby’s teeth to sugary drinks by bottle or pacifier, wipe baby’s gums after each feed, brush teeth using a fluoride-free toothpaste, (make sure your child is getting sufficient fluoride), and take your child for a dental visit on his/her first birthday.
Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP
This page was last updated on: December 18, 2020 05:04 PM
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