GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT :: Common Dental Problems and Concerns
Nursing Bottle Caries
What are nursing caries?
Nursing caries, or tooth decay, can be caused by children sleeping with bottles. This is also called baby bottle tooth decay. It is caused when a child goes to bed with a bottle filled with milk or juice - anything except water. It usually affects children between the ages of 1 and 2 years. Breastfed infants who fall asleep while breastfeeding are also at risk.
What are the symptoms of nursing caries?
The following are the most common symptoms of nursing caries. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
How can I prevent nursing caries?
The following are suggestions you can follow to help prevent nursing caries:
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