Baby bottle tooth decay
Baby bottle syndrome
The above terms refer to a condition caused by liquids such as milk or juice bathing the teeth for long periods of time. Studies have shown dental decay is related to the number of times a child consumes these decay-causing liquids.
This condition may occur when the bottle is used as a pacifier at bedtime or for long periods of contact during the day.
Many parents are unaware of the potential damage that can come from continuous bottle-feeding or nursing.
The use of a bottle or "sippy cup" at bedtime and/or for long contact times during the day with any liquid other than water should be discouraged.