advertisement

Childhood-diseases

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

Q.

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?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

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.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

1
user comments

C.

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.

Reply to dr anonymous

Want to comment?

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.