S.P. asks from Wethersfield, CT on October 31, 2006
Question About the Bottle
Hi, this is my first time asking a question. I've read a lot that the bottle starts to effect a child's teeth at a certain point. My little boy is going to be 14 months next week. The only bottle that he still has is his morning bottle. He really still enjoys it and I like this time with him. I go to his room and get him out of his crib and then we snuggle in my bed together. It is our time to bond and play before the day gets started. I don't want this to be a problem for his teeth though. My husband and I try to brush his teeth every night before he goes to bed (all six of them..hahaha). Do you think I am doing damage to his teeth by keeping up the morning bottle???
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A.C. answers from Boston on October 31, 2006
The morning bottle should be fine. He just should not be going to bed with a bottle-this could lead to early tooth decay.
Here is a great website about bottle tooth decay. It can happen when a baby goes to bed with a bottle. Sounds as if you're doing things right-not giving bedtime bottle. I wouldn't worry.
Sounds as if you're doing things right.
D. answers from New York on November 01, 2006
I don't think this will cause a problem with his teeth. However, I do think it will cause a problem when you decide that you want to stop the bottle all together. The longer you wait the harder it will be to drop the habit. He can still get his milk in the morning from a sippy and you will still have your bonding time. I know that there are kids out there that become so attached to the bottle that they won't except milk any other way, and now you have a 4 yr old still on the bottle. If I were you (which I'm not)...I'd cut out the bottle all together.
C.L. answers from Boston on October 31, 2006
Waking up to a bottle is no where near as damaging in terms of tooth decay as going to sleep with one. As for drinking from a bottle once a day, I have a hard time believing that would push his teeth forward. My son is 5, and I still bring a sippy cup of milk to his room when he wakes up.
I wanted to mention that my friend's little girl went to the dentist at age three, and the dentist asked if she was using a bottle still. She wasn't. He said her teeth were being pushed forward, probably by the sippy cup, so a sippy cup could still do damage.
If you are worried go see a pediatric dentist. I waited until my son was 3, and he had 2 cavities, even though we brushed every night from when he was 1, and started flossing early as well. We suspect it was all those chewy fruit snacks we were giving him. Now we treat them the same as candy. He can occasionally have it, but only in the evening, shortly before teeth brushing. Our dentist suggested an exam for my younger daughter when she was a year old, and I understand that this is recommended. They can spot issues earlier that way.
J.D. answers from New York on October 31, 2006
No problem with tooth decay from the bottle, since it's not pooling in his mouth for hours while he's awake. AS far as teeth being pushed out, the general consensus is that pacifiers don't cause this problem until 2 years of age, and the vast majority of those kids use them for far longer periods in the day than your son spends drinking one bottle in the morning.
If he still likes it, and it doesn't bother you, then go for it! Many babies have teeth starting at four months old. We don't yank their bottles away, do we?
R.K. answers from Boston on November 01, 2006
My son had a bottle exclusively until he was 2 years old. Everyone told me that I had to just stop giving him the bottle and make him take a sippy cup. He wasn't ready to transition until 2 and now he is 2 1/2 and completely without a bottle. His teeth are fine. We never allowed him to fall a sleep with a bottle and we would swab out his mouth before bed (I saw swab because he didn't have a lot of teeth) and now he brushes his teeth before bed (its part of his bedtime routine). We have a similar routine in the morning, he just has a sippy cup instead of a bottle. I would suggest giving your son a sippy cup in the morning and see how it goes. Good Luck!
K.T. answers from Boston on October 31, 2006
Hi S. I am not 100% sure if it would affect his teeth that bad but you never know, i personally wouldnt risk it. when my twins got off formula they lost the bottle, now in the morning my rutine sounds like yours we lay in bed (the twins my husband and myself) and they drink there milk in a sippie cup ( I use avent ) and they lay with us and drink from that so you can still have your bonding time even with out the bottle. good luck =)
C.D. answers from Providence on October 31, 2006
Here's an interesting article on baby bottle tooth decay.
S.B. answers from Boston on November 01, 2006
My daughter is the same age and we still give her a bottle in the morning too. She lies in bed with my fiance and I and it's the best time of the day. I'm no expert but I don't see one bottle a day hurting their teeth that much. If she doesn't give it up we'll probably wean her off it when she's about 18 months or so.
K.D. answers from Boston on October 31, 2006
Bottle rot happens from them drinking a bottle at night ... My daughter had a bottle until she was about 20 monthes and she has been to the dentist and her teeth are fine and she has had her all her teeth since she was very young... so dont worry the bottle is not going to hurt his teeth. also juice in the bottle is more harmful than milk because of the sugar. My sister had bottle rot and they pulled her baby teeth and it was caused because of apple juice at night while she was sleeping .... Hope this helps ... K.