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J Am Dent Assoc. 1997 Jul;128(7):865-71.

Assessing the cariogenic potential of some infant formulas, milk and sugar solutions.

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  • 1Rochester Caries Research Center, Department of Dental Research, University of Rochester, N.Y. 14642, USA.


Using a desalivated rat model, the authors found that several commonly used infant formulas had significant cariogenic potential. Sucrose was by far the most cariogenic and cows' milk the least cariogenic of all the products examined. The data show that dental practitioners and other health care professionals should discourage the use of sugar in baby bottles and provide information on which formulas are least likely to induce caries when continuous bottle feeding is unavoidable.

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