- by Dr. Punyatoya Sahoo
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- Feb 10 2018
Effects of breast feeding on your baby's oral health
It is a common misconception that milk teeth fall off so they don’t require much attention. But, babies are just as susceptible to oral issues as adults are. It has been observed that breast fed babies are less prone to dental issues than bottle fed ones. Let us find out how:
- Breast feeding requires the babies to suckle the milk which stimulates their jaw muscles thus strengthening the jaw better than bottle feeding.
- The breast milk has required nutrients which promotes gum health, giving way to strong and healthy teeth.
- Dental issues among infants like cross and over bites are more common among babies that have been exposed to bottles and pacifiers. Babies that have been breastfed exclusively are less likely to have structural misalignment.
- One of the most common issues faced today is baby bottle tooth decay which occurs due to regular and prolonged exposure to sugary drinks. This decay begins because the baby is put to bed while being bottle fed, bathing the teeth in the sugar for long hours as some amount of milk retains in the mouth while they sleep.
- With exclusive breastfeeding, this risk of tooth decay is reduced and hence it is beneficial.
However, breastfed babies are also prone to dental issues which is why it is important for you to care for their oral health.
- Burping your baby after feeding reduces liquid pooling in their mouth
- Clean their gums by wiping with a soft cloth
- Once their teeth begin to form, brush their teeth twice a day using a mild tooth paste.
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