Breastfeeding and Dental Health

Breastfeeding is one of the first decisions (and most personal) that a mother takes for her baby. It can help your baby’s body fight against infections and reduce health risks such as asthma, ear infections, SIDS and obesity in children. No matter that it does not affect the health of the children in any way, the mother also has to worry about her own dental health and go frequently with the dentist at Dental 6ta & E Clinic.

Breastfeeding moms can reduce their chances of developing breast and ovarian cancer. But did you know that breastfeeding can impact the dental health of both baby and mother? That is how:

Breastfeeding Can Help Build a Better Bite
The babies breastfed exclusively for six months are 72% less likely to suffer from crooked teeth (malocclusion). These babies are less likely to develop open bites, crossbites and overbites than babies who breastfeed less than six months, or do not.

Even so, this does not mean that your baby does not need bridles someday. Other factors, including genetics, the use of a pacifier and the habit of thumb sucking, affect the alignment of the teeth. Every baby, every child is different. The best thing mom can do is take her son to the dentist and make sure he monitors the eruption of his teeth, that the milk teeth fall off at the right time and the permanent teeth come out at the right time.

It is not necessary for you to wean your baby when the teeth come out
It’s a question that often appears on bulletin boards for parents and conversations with new moms: Should I wean my baby when her teeth start to come out? The answer is no, if you do not want to.

As for breastfeeding, each child is different, each mother is different. You should stop breastfeeding when you think it’s better for you and the baby, but not just because your teeth have come out.

Breastfeeding Reduces the Risk of Baby Bottle Caries
Another benefit of exclusive breastfeeding is a reduced risk of bottle cavities, frequent, prolonged exposure of the baby’s teeth to beverages containing sugar. This type of tooth decay often occurs when the baby is put to bed with a bottle, even with those that contain formula, breast milk or fruit juice. (Water is fine, since the teeth will not be bathed in sugary liquids for a long time). Very often it occurs in the upper incisors, but other teeth can also be affected.