Many parents put their children to sleep with a bottle

Many parents put their children to sleep with a bottle. They often find that this helps the baby settle down. Unfortunately, studies show that babies fall asleep with the baby bottle nipples in their mouths, allowing fluid from the bottle to pool around teeth.

Sugar present in the fluid continually nourishes the bacteria that are in the baby’s mouth. Using this constant source of sugar, bacteria multiply and create a steady stream of tooth damaging acid. Night after night of acid attack results in cavity formation and extensive tooth decay. In some cases, the entire tooth can be eaten away by bacterially produced acid.



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