Posted by: Lee-anne | 2004/10/29


bottle baby syndrome

2yr 8 mnth son, suffers from bottle baby syndrome on top, front teeth. I do take him for flouride treatment but what else can I do to prevent further decay and what is the long term solution or outcome?

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You need to speak to your dentist, but the most important thing is not to give sweetened drinks or sweets and to ensure good dental hygeine.

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Posted by: dr anonymous | 2004/10/30

Firstly, you must now start to stop using a bottle, introduce a sippy cup/dinky cup & then gradually a proper cup.
During the night, when you are 100% sure, your son is not hungry, fill the bottle with boiled but cooled water. This will prevent further decay.
Also, if he is asymptomatic (not having pain or fever), then it is just a matter of time that they will fall off.But have a dentist see him & decide that.
By now hopefully, the dummy should also be eliminated. Never use additives in the dummy compartment.
At this age he must be a battle to brush his teeth, so if you really cannot get a brush in there, try using a clean cotton hanky dipped in salt water an wipe the teeth (all surfaces) morning and night.
Also try to make this habbit within 30min of all the meals, if not possible, at least rinse.
The other thing, is to let him chew a small piece of cheese after all meals to neutralise the acid.

This advise does not exempt you from seeing your dentist.

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