Breastfeeding is a decision a mother, or sometimes a doctor, makes for her baby, and can yield several benefits. Read our blog to learn more about some of these dental benefits of breastfeeding and why a visit to the dentist may help.
Breastfeeding May lead to a Better Bite
Recent studies found that babies who were exclusively breastfed for the first six months, were less likely to have issues with their teeth alignment, such as: open bites, crossbites, or overbites. A baby may still need orthodontic treatment in the future, nevertheless, and other factors may come into play.
Every child is different, and since genetics, pacifier use, and thumb-sucking could influence their oral health, they could still have alignment issues. Ensuring the child has visits to Anderson Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics, Inc., where our dentist can monitor her or him for eruption of teeth, is recommended. This way, Dr. John Anderson can determine whether baby teeth are coming in as they should and at the right time, and that permanent teeth are on schedule, as well.
Should You Stop Breastfeeding When Baby Gets Teeth?
The question of whether a mother should stop breastfeeding a child once their baby’s teeth erupt is often asked, and we may recommend that a mother stop breastfeeding only when it’s right for her and her baby, not just because teeth have erupted. Another benefit to breastfeeding is the reduction of baby bottle tooth decay, since formula, milk, or fruit juice contain sugar, whereas breast milk does not, and is not a worry.
For more information or to make an appointment about oral health and breastfeeding in Roy, Utah, call us at 801-774-5437. We would love to discuss with you tips to ensure a healthy and happy smile!