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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay 

One serious form of decay among infants and toddlers is baby bottle tooth decay. This condition is caused by frequent and long exposures of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain sugar. Among these liquids are milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice and other sweetened drinks.

Putting a baby to bed with a bottle other than water can cause serious and rapid tooth decay. The liquid pools around the child’s teeth giving bacteria an opportunity to produce acids that attack tooth enamel. If you must give the baby a bottle as a comforter at bedtime, it should contain only water. If your child won't fall asleep without the bottle and his/her usual beverage, gradually dilute the bottles contents with water over a period of two to three weeks.

After each feeding, wipe the baby’s gums and teeth with a damp washcloth or gauze pad to remove plaque.

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