Did you know that breastfeeding plays a key role in the smile of your child? Breastfeeding and your child’s oral health care can in many ways complement each other. The benefits of breastfeeding for a child’s dental health include the following:
– Studies have shown that babies who are breastfed are significantly less likely to develop malocclusions, including open bites, crossbites, and overbites.
– Even though genetics, pacifiers, baby bottles, and thumb sucking all affect proper tooth alignment in a child, breastfeeding can lower your child’s risk for curved teeth.
– Breastfeeding can help shield your infants from an assortment of oral health risks, including infections.
– Breastfeeding lowers a child’s likelihood of developing baby bottle tooth decay.
– Breastfed babies do not require weaning when they are teething.
– Sugar is present in breast milk, which although it is lower than in most other drinks, it can still pose a risk of cavities in your child.
Your child may be at risk for oral health ailments. Allen Pediatric Dentistry is here to help them with all their oral health needs. For a complete diagnosis from Dr. Jessie Hunter and our team at our pediatric office in Allen, Texas, you can schedule an appointment by calling us at 972-535-8169. We look forward to improving your child’s smile for many years to come!