Bottle-feeding linked to tooth decay in infants
Tuesday 24 October, 2017

Bottle-feeding linked to tooth decay in infants

Published On: Sun, Feb 6th, 2011 | Dental Health | By BioNews

In wake of rising rates of severe tooth decay in infants as young as 12 months, a leading children’s hospital in Australia has urged parents to stop bottle-feeding their babies.

According to Children’s Hospital at Westmead, prolonged feeding with bottles of breast milk and infant formula are linked to the problem, especially at night, when children suck on bottles in their cots for extended periods, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Naturally occurring lactose was present in both breast milk and formula. When combined with plaque in a baby”s mouth, it could erode the enamel of primary teeth, said Associate Professor Richard Widmer, the hospital”s head of dental services.

“Ideally, children should go straight from breast to cup, avoiding bottles altogether,” Widmer said.

He said the hospital had been removing teeth, under general anaesthetic, from babies as young as 12 months due to bottle-feeding infants at bedtime.

Paediatric dentists had noticed a pattern of decay on the back of the upper front teeth, indicating the cause was drink from a bottle that had been held between the child”s tongue and teeth for prolonged periods. (ANI)

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

More from Dental Health
  • Shark teeth have naturally built-in `toothpaste`
  • Seaweed can help fight teeth decay
  • Dental plaque may up risk of premature cancer death
  • Brush your teeth to avoid cancer!
  • World’s first teeth grew outside of mouth before moving into oral cavity