Formula feeding and oral health

It is important to reinforce good oral health messages with parents and carers when promoting healthy nutrition or giving feeding advice. To prevent nursing bottle decay (a condition which can develop when front teeth are exposed to sugar for long periods of time) it is important to remind parents and carers that bottles should not be left with a baby or child overnight or between meals, as this would mean that teeth would be constantly under acid attack.

The frequency and duration of sugar being left in the mouth can affect the health of babies’ teeth. In addition, nothing should be added to the stated dose of made-up formula milk and that feeding bottles are used for expressed breast milk, infant formula or cooled, boiled water only.

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