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Bottle caries and dental neglect Volume 10 Issue 4

Sarah Raphael

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Sarah Raphael


Each year large numbers of Australian children undergo dental treatment for bottle caries. This significant form of dental decay affects the first teeth of infants and young children who have, most often, been exposed to bottle feeding for long periods during each day and night. A recent study found that 40 per cent of decay in five-year-old Australian children remains untreated.