just a quick question. We have trouble getting our 1 year old baby to sleep, we have been giving her a bottle of milk/formula to take to bed and it seems to be working. Is this a dental issue? will it decay her teeth or is it fine to do for a few more months? thanks

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 16 - November - 2011, at 03:31 AM

  • Milk at night can lead to nursing bottle caries in child and will cause rottening of all his teeth. It occurs due to prolonged and improper feeding habits. Nursing bottle caries mainly affects upper front teeth. At night, saliva content decreases which lead to utilization of carbohydrate content in milk by microorganisms and will cause demineralization and decay of milk teeth. Nursing bottle caries can cause pain and infection in tooth and can lead to premature loss of baby teeth which can further lead to misalignment of adult teeth. You should not let your child sleep with milk bottle in mouth at night. He should brush his teeth after taking milk and then go to sleep to avoid decay. You should insist your child to finish the milk when he is awake and then you can clean his teeth.  For more info on nursing bottle caries, refer to…   http://www.identalhub.com/dental-what-are-nursing-bottle-caries-in-children-802.aspx

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