Zonguldak Bülent Ecevit University (BEÜ) Faculty of Dentistry Head of Department of Pedodontics Assoc. Dr. Ebru Hazar Bodrumlu stated that baby bottle decay can lead to situations ranging from nutritional problems to developmental retardation in children, and stated that babies should not be put to sleep with bottles containing sweetened foods.
Assoc. Dr. Bodrumlu told the AA reporter that bottle caries is defined as the condition in which children 71 months old or younger have one or more decays, lost teeth due to decay, or filled teeth in the primary teeth.
Stating that children in the young age group are mentioned, Bodrumlu said, “This is very severe and is progressing rapidly with the presence of many tooth decays. In the first place, inability to feed, especially in babies, painful conditions, cause great problems. Infection, abscess formation, delayed treatment and feeding problems in children. It can lead to situations up to developmental delay. ” used the expressions.
Bodrumlu pointed out that bottle decay is common, Bodrumlu said, “In some studies, early childhood caries can be observed in one of two children.” said.
“It is important to have a regular dentist checkup”
Bodrumlu emphasized that parents should pay attention to this situation and said:
“In order to prevent this situation, it is beneficial to start with informing the mother before the birth. The transmission of microorganisms from mother to baby plays a very important role in the formation of bottle caries. Keeping the oral health of the mother high is actually the primary prevention mechanism. And after each feeding, the baby’s mouth must be cleaned with a damp cloth or gauze. Also, attention should be paid to feeding the baby at night. Due to the reduction of saliva flow at night, a more susceptible environment to caries is created, it is a very important factor not to put the child to sleep with bottles containing sweetened foods. “
Assoc. Dr. Bodrumlu added that the most important weapon in combating bottle decay is to use fluoride toothpaste.