Nursing Bottle Caries

Tooth decay in infants and very young children is often referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. Baby bottle tooth decay happens when sweetened liquids or those with natural sugars (like milk, formula, and fruit juice) cling to an infant's teeth for a long time.


Treatment for Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Treatment varies based on your child's age and the severity of the condition. At the earliest signs of a problem, you and your child's dentist can work together to formulate an approach to management and treatment.

White spots on a tooth's surface are early symptoms of baby bottle tooth decay, according to the North Dakota Department of Health. At this stage, fluoride treatment or placing fluoride varnish can be used to remineralize all of the teeth. This treatment actually reverses decay in its earliest stages by helping to rebuild the surface enamel. Your child's dentist might also recommend fluoride supplements. At this stage, you can also make changes to your baby's diet to keep decay from progressing.

Nursing Bottle caries is a type of Rampant caries which is demarcated because of the age factor, Nursing Bottle caries is seen in Infants and Toddlers and Rampant caries is seen in any age and seen in both Primary and Permanent Teeth.
As the name suggests Nursing Bottle Caries is caused mainly due to the feeding habits seen in Bottle feeding, it was named and renamed many times before ending up with Nursing Bottle caries – Nursing caries, nursing bottle mouth, Nursing Bottle Syndrome, bottle propping caries, Night bottle syndrome, Baby bottle caries, Nursing Mouth, Nursing Bottle Caries, Milk Bottle Syndrome.

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