There was a recent story in the New York Times about a 2 ½ year old who was admitted to Seattle Children’s Hospital and placed under general anesthesia to have 11 of his 20 baby teeth with cavities drilled and filled, in addition to having a root canal on a molar and two incisors extracted.
(Photo credit Stuart Isett for The New York Times)
I found it utterly shocking that in this day and age, in a first world county such as the US, that this could happen. So the question is how did it happen? Dr. Vidhya Sampath explained, in an article written for Colorado Health “Milk lactose and fruit juice contain sugars that support decay. The practice of putting a toddler to bed with a bottle of milk or fruit juice has caused the most devastating forms of tooth decay, called Baby Bottle Tooth Decay or Early Childhood Caries, in infants and toddlers”.
One of the problems that I discovered with vented bottles is that they require the baby to recline or lie on their back while feeding. This behavior encourages parents to give baby bottles to their babies at nap and bedtime. BARE™ air-free baby bottles are revolutionary because they dispense milk regardless of your baby’s position. Now your child can sit up straight, bring the bottle to his/her mouth and begin feeding. This encourages "awake time" feedings instead of bedtime feedings. This benefit also supports development of self-feeding for faster/more successful weaning and seamless transition to straw/open-cups. We are hopeful that with the advent of BARE™, parents will be encouraged to adopt better feeding habits for their children and thereby reduce the incidences of devastating tooth decay in toddlers.
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