Nursing caries is a form of tooth decay that is caused by children sleeping with bottles. This is also called baby bottle or nursing bottle tooth decay. It is caused when a child goes to bed with a bottle filled with milk or juice--anything except water. It usually affects children between the ages of one and two years. Breastfed infants who fall asleep while breastfeeding are also at risk.
The following are the most common symptoms of nursing caries. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
The following are suggestions to help prevent nursing caries:
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