re: "bottle mouth"

Stephanie - posted on 02/06/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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If I let my 19 month old go to sleep with her bottle, will her teeth really decay? I am brushing them in the morning and at night. She never sleeps with juice or anything else in her bottle, only milk.

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Megan - posted on 02/07/2009

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I agree with the others and would try and just give her water. Both of my nephews went to bed with a bottle and their teeth never had any noticeable decay but I wouldn't want to risk it. My daughter never went to bed with a bottle. If you find she refuses the water, a friend of mine started to water the milk down, and every night made it more watery until it was just water. At 19 months you could also just try and take the bottle away period... if she get it during the day as well as the night, start with taking it away just the day then deal with the night. If she only gets it when she lays down at night then I would just put her down without it. Naturally, she'll probably cry but let her and don't give her. Comforting is more than acceptable of course :)

Leslie - posted on 02/06/2009

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It really can damage their teeth.  If she really needs the bottle at night then only let her have water in it. 

Laura - posted on 02/06/2009

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it is entirely possible that going to sleep with a bottle of milk can cause tooth decay, the liquid on her teeth all night will cause the decay to start.

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