0-3歲蛀牙風險 夜間喝奶 Cavity-risk 0-3 years, bedtime feeding
For children aged 0-3 years, the single most influential factor is night time/bedtime feeding. Before 1, when few teeth have erupted, night time feeding may be a physical need. Parents can help children develop a habit of brushing teeth and cleaning their mouths after drinking milk before going to bed.
However, after children turn 1, night time feeding may only be a psychological need and will significantly increase the risk of tooth decay. It's advised to increase the time between the last feeding and bedtime, from 30 minutes, or better, 1 hour. It's easier to wean them off their night time milk habit when parents try to disassociate milk and sleep.