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30th December 2012 02:11 AM #1
Feeding Bottles Side Effects
Do feeding bottles really causes kid's teeth decay faster than a child who's breastfed?
30th December 2012 05:12 AM #2
How To Avoid Tooth Decay When Using Bottles
Using a feeding bottle does not cause tooth decay if used properly. There are a few things that contribute to tooth decay:
- If you allow the child to hold their own bottle without you holding the child. This gives the child the opportunity to fall asleep with the bottle or suck on it for longer periods of time, which means the milk will stay in contact with the teeth longer... which contributes to tooth decay.
- Putting milk or juice in the bottle and then putting the child down for a nap. Again, it's the milk in the bottle which is in contact with the teeth for longer than it would be if the child was suckling at the breast. At the breast, when the child stops sucking, the milk stops flowing, so you could sit on the couch for an hour, with child asleep on the breast, and you wouldn't have milk touching the teeth.
If you're going to put your child down with a bottle, then just have water in the bottle. This will not contribute to tooth decay.
If you're going to allow your child to hold his own bottle, then have him do it while he is in your arms, so that you can monitor how long the milk is in contact with his teeth.
And lastly, it will be beneficial to clean your child's teeth after every bottle (unless it's a "water" bottle).
Ultimately, breast if always best, but if not possible (and sometimes it's just not) then these tips will help avoid tooth decay.
30th December 2012 09:47 AM #3
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It is true that bottle feeding is more likely to lead to tooth decay, but Kate mentioned the primary reasons underlying this truth. One of the biggest mistakes many parents make with bottles that lead to tooth decay is letting the baby fall asleep with a bottle the same way they would fall asleep at the breast.
When babies sleep with a bottle in their mouth the milk has time to pool in their mouth and the sugar resting on their teeth can cause damage. Formula in particularly is very high in sugar. For this reason, it is best that bottle feeders avoid putting the baby down to rest with a bottle. If the bottle is an absolute necessity, the baby should be put down with a bottle of pure water. Additionally, juice and other sweet drinks should be served in a cup rather than a bottle.
30th December 2012 11:33 AM #4
Thanks Kate and Angela.
I'm originally blaming the feeding bottle itself. Without thinking of other factors that can contribute to tooth decay. And sometimes it's should have been me to blame.