Baby bottle caries
Reference of this article: Navarro AB, González A, Javier Gil F, Rioboo R. Baby bottle caries. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 1999;1:607-622.
Published in Internet: 31-12-1999
Nursing bottle caries is a form of rampant decay of the primary dentition distinguished
by the especifity of tooth surfaces involved and the rapid progression of carious lesions on
surfaces that otherwise are considered to be at low risk for decay. Inapropiate feeding habits
have been identified as major factors associated with the development of baby bottle
tooth decay. It appears to be strongly associated with an exceptionally heavy infection by
Streptococcus mutans on tooth surfaces. Despite considerable advances in the prevention
of dental caries, nursing bottle caries continues to have high prevalence, especially in certain
The purpose of this article is to review the etiology, the clinical features, the diagnosis
and the different measures in the treatment and prevention of nursing bottle caries.
Keywords● Dental caries ● Habits ● Nursing bottle caries ● Prevention ● Primary dentition