Written by Dentistry Today Monday, 07 February 2011 16:48
There has been a rise in infant tooth decay recently, most notably in Australia. The only cause of infant tooth decay is bottle feeding, according to the Children’s Hospital in Westmead, Australia.
Bottle feeding, however, is not the actual cause of the tooth decay. Instead, the reason is the amount of sweet drinks inside an infant’s mouth, which obviously come from the bottle. If there’s a constant presence of a sweet drink, that could be a big problem because there are times when a baby falls asleep with the bottle in his or her mouth.
As a result, there’s a high level of sugar in the infant’s mouth. This allows bacteria to remain present, which can eventually lead to holes in the teeth, tooth decay, and finally the baby teeth can then fall out prematurely.