Bottle and nipple can cause cavities in toddlers. Simple measures can prevent them. We’ll tell you how!
Cavities are not just for adults. Unfortunately, toddlers can also suffer from cavities. It is estimated that 8 to 13% of kindergarten children suffer from it. Milk (maternal or infant), fruit juices or medicines, prescribed in syrup form, contain sugars with strong cariogenic power.
SWEETENED DRINKS :
NEVER OUTSIDE OF MEALS!
Normally, the bottle should be reserved exclusively for feeding times. But many parents divert its use. They offer it to their child as soon as he needs to be distracted or consoled, or to help him fall asleep at naptime and at bedtime. It is the same with the orthodontic soother, soaked in a sweet liquid (honey, syrup, sugar…) before being given to the baby to calm him down.
However, these repeated contacts throughout the day with milk, fruit juice or any other sweet liquid cause early caries attacks on the baby teeth: the sugars contained in these drinks mix with the bacteria present in the mouth and form acids that damage the enamel.
Avoid: Taste your baby’s bottle, clean the soother that has fallen on the floor by putting it in your baby’s mouth. This gesture facilitates the transmission of bacteria.
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