If you’re a parent who wonders what breastfeeding can do for your child’s oral health, our Smiles for Life Dental Group team is more than happy to tell you!
Breastfeeding can help your child’s smile in many ways. In fact, there are probably many things you don’t know about breastfeeding and dental care in Santa Clara, California. So, to help you learn more, Dr. Pooja Goel and our team have provided the following facts:
Breastfeeding can help build a better bite
Breastfeeding can help your child have a properly developed bite, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. In fact, based on a study performed, babies who are breastfed for at least six months are less likely to have crooked teeth, open bites, and crossbites compared to babies who are breastfed for less than six months or not at all.
Breastfeeding reduces the risk for baby bottle tooth decay
Because breastfeeding does not involve the use of baby bottles, it reduces the chances of having baby bottle tooth decay. This is because your child is not frequently exposed to sugary drinks. However, your child is still prone to tooth decay because breastmilk contains sugar. So, it’s best to keep up on oral hygiene.
You don’t have to wean when your baby receives their teeth
If you think it’s time to stop breastfeeding once your child’s receives their smile, our team is happy to tell you that is not true. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding your child for the first and second years of your child’s life if you want to.
If you’re interested in knowing more about breastfeeding and dental care, please feel free to call 408-241-6501 today and talk to your dentist or a member of our friendly dental team. We are here to give you the answers you need so you can better understand your child’s oral health!