One of the biggest decisions a mother will make in regards to her baby is whether or not breastfeeding is the best option. While it’s completely up to you, as the parent, to decide how your baby should be fed, and there are benefits to both breastfeeding and formula feeding. So if you’re trying to decide which you want to go with, our pediatric dentist is sharing a few ways in which breastfeeding affects your baby’s dental health.
Helps to Form a Better Bite
Multiple studies have found that, on average, babies that exclusively breastfed for the first six months were 70% less likely to have crooked teeth. With that being said, by no means does breastfeeding insure that your baby will have perfect teeth. The straightness of your infant’s baby teeth and eventual adult teeth can also be affected by things such as genetics, pacifier use and thumbsucking.
Reduces the Risk of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
When you give your baby a bottle, especially with something other than formula, they can run the risk of developing baby bottle tooth decay. This specific type of decay occurs when baby teeth are exposed to high quantities of sugar for an extended period of time. To avoid this, it’s best not to send your baby to bed with a bottle, even if the bottle contains formula.
Breastfed Babies Can Still Get Cavities
Our pediatric dentist is often asked if babies that are breastfed can still get cavities, and the answer is yes! While it’s natural, breast milk contains sugar, and that sugar can still cause cavities. For this reason, whether you breastfeed or bottle feed, you want to take good care of your infant’s baby teeth and overall oral health.
Whether you decide to use formula or breastfeed, one thing remains the same, once your child’s baby teeth begin to erupt, contact your local Smile Workshop! We’ll take great care of their little teeth and tell you everything you need to know as a parent to keep your child in exceptional dental health.
Image from Thinkstock by Getty Images. Item number: 518959596[:]