Prolonged nursing from the bottle or breast, particularly at bedtime, puts children at risk. This type of improper feeding with liquids high in carbohydrates at the critical time when new teeth are first erupting can lead to severe decay before the second year of life.
This can be prevented by discontinuing the use of the bottle at 12-13 months, never using a bottle to induce sleep, and daily cleaning of the gums and teeth.
Early detection of decay is the key to the restoration of this serious form of dental disease. Fillings or crowns for the affected primary teeth can be placed in the dental office or in some instances, the hospital operating suite.