The Facts About Breastfeeding and Dental Care

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If you’re a mom who wonders what breastfeeding can do for your child’s smile, then our Musso Family Dentistry team is more than happy to tell you! There are a few things you may not know about breastfeeding and dental care in Garland, Texas, and those things are:

Breastfeeding can help build a better bite

According to a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are 72 percent less likely to have malocclusion as they got older. These babies were less likely to develop crossbites, open bites, 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

Baby bottle tooth decay is a major dental issue that generally occurs because the child is frequently exposed to sugary liquids, especially when going to bed. So, if a child is exclusively breastfed, their chances of having baby bottle tooth decay decrease. However, breastmilk does naturally contain sugar, so your child still has a chance of falling victim to tooth decay—you just need to make sure and keep up on oral hygiene.

You don’t have to wean when your baby receives their teeth

Many people think it’s time to stop breastfeeding when their child’s teeth start to grow in, but that is simply not the case. You can breastfeed your child for the first year of life—even the first two if you would like.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more, please feel free to call 972-840-8477 today and talk to a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, Dr. Mike Musso and Dr. Mark Musso, if your child is due for a dental checkup. We look forward to hearing from you!

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