Do you ever wonder what breastfeeding can do to your child’s oral health? If so, our Greg Wolfe Family Dentistry team has some helpful information for you! Breastfeeding can be extremely beneficial for your child’s smile. In fact, there are many things you may not know about breastfeeding and dental care in Ventura, California, and those things are:
Breastfeeding can help build a better bite
Babies who are breastfed for at least six months are 72 percent less likely to have crooked teeth, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. In a study, the babies who breastfed for six months were less likely to develop smile problems like open bites, crossbites, and over bites compared to babies who breastfed for less than six months or not at all.
Breastfeeding reduces the risk for baby bottle tooth decay
Breastfeeding reduces the risk for baby bottle tooth decay because your child isn’t frequently exposed to sugary drinks. However, your baby is still vulnerable to tooth decay because breastmilk naturally contains sugar. So, it’s best to keep up on oral hygiene as much as possible.
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 would like to know more facts about breastfeeding, please feel free to call 805-654-1174 today and talk to a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Greg L. Wolfe, if you have any concerns. We are here to help you in any way we can!