baby bottle tooth decay


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baby bottle tooth decay

a dental condition that occurs in children between 12 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 are formed because pools of milk or juice in the mouth break down to lactic acid and other decay-causing substances. Preventive measures include elimination of the bedtime feeding or substitution of water for milk or juice in the nighttime bottle. Formerly called nursing bottle caries.
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Baby bottle tooth decay

ba·by bot·tle tooth de·cay

(bābē botĕl tūth dĕ-kā)
Abnormally high level of dental caries affecting the teeth of children usually younger than 4 years of age, related to prolonged use of a baby bottle containing cariogenic liquids.
Synonym(s): baby bottle syndrome, nursing bottle caries.

baby bottle tooth decay,

n a dental condition that occurs in children from 1 to 3 years of age as a result of being given a bottle at bedtime, resulting in prolonged exposure of the teeth to milk, formula, or juice with a high sugar content. Dental caries results from the breakdown of sugars to lactic acid and other decay-causing substances. Newer term is early childhood caries.
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Treatment of baby bottle tooth decay can be painful for your baby and expensive for you, but the earlier treatment begins, the better.