Tooth decay or milk bottle decay? Here's how to find out

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What exactly is the difference between tooth decay and milk bottle decay? Dr Chong Ker Shin, Consultant Dental Surgeon answers.

What is the difference between tooth decay and milk bottle decay? How can parents know the exact cause of their child's dental problems?

Tooth decay or milk bottle decay?

Milk bottle decay refers to widespread tooth decay caused by letting the child suck on the breast or a bottle of milk or sugary drink for a prolonged time.

The milk/sugar left in his mouth for long periods will quickly lead to tooth decay.

Tooth decay (development of cavities) is the main dental ill-effect of consuming too much sweets and sugary food.

Too many carbonated drinks, squashes, and juices may also lead to erosion of teeth as these are high in carbonic or citric acids.

It is best not to let babies drink juices and allow children to drink them only at meal times.

Aim to wean the child from breast - and bottle feeding when he is about 1 year old. Gradually replace milk or sugary drinks with water if the child needs a bottle just before sleeping.

Answered by

Dr Chong Ker Shin,

Consultant Dental Surgeon,

Atria-Pan Dental Group.

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