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Nursing Bottle Syndrome
Also known as Baby Bottle Syndrome is a dental condition that can destroy the teeth of an infant or young child. The teeth most likely to be damaged are the upper front teeth, which are the ones that make such a difference in your child's smile, but other teeth may also be affected by this condition.

What Causes Baby Bottle Syndrome
Baby Bottle Syndrome is caused by the frequent exposure of a child's teeth for long periods of time to liquids containing sugar. Such as milk, formula, fruit juice, and other sweetened liquids.

All types of sugars, including those found in milk, formula, fruit juices, and sweetened liquids, can cause the bacteria in plaque to produce acids. However it's not just what you put in your child's bottle that causes baby bottle syndrome, but how often and for how long a time the child's teeth are exposed to decay causing acids.

Baby Bottle Syndrome Prevention
  • After each feeding, wipe the child's teeth and gums with a damp wash-cloth or gauze pad, to remove plaque.
  • Never allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle containing milk, formula, fruit juices, or sweetened liquids.
  • Avoid filling your child's nursing bottle with liquids stich as sugar water, sweetened gelatin, and soft drinks.
  • Make sure your child gets the fluoride needed for decay-resistant teeth.
  • Start dental visits as soon as the first tooth is in, and make them visit regularly.

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