Cavities (tooth decay)
Bottles and sippy cups containing juice or any fermentable carbohydrate allow frequent or prolonged consumption, which increases tooth decay risk. Sleeping with a bottle containing anything other than water should be discouraged.
Man Wai Ng, MD, dentist-in chief, Boston Children's Hospital
Tooth decay is the disease known as caries or cavities, a highly preventable disease. Sugar and starch in foods are the substances that damage teeth. The bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar and starch and produce an acid that can eat through the teeth, leading to tooth decay.
How Boston Children's Hospital approaches tooth decay and cavities
Lead by Man Wai Ng, MD, dentist-in chief, Children's is redesigning its care system based on the prevention and management of cavities.