breastfeeding

As a parent, especially as a mother, you have a lot of decisions to make about how you’ll raise your baby. One of the biggest decisions is whether you should do breastfeeding or use formula. To help you make an informed decision, today’s Smart Smiles with HomeTown Dental is all about breastfeeding!

Breastfeeding can Form a Better Bite

There have been a variety of studies done on breastfeeding infants that has documented that babies who were breastfed actually were 70% less likely to have crooked teeth. There are a variety of reasons as to why dental experts believe this to be true, but it is still worth noting that breastfeeding doesn’t guarantee that your child will have straight teeth. Other baby dental health factors such as genetics, pacifier use and thumbsucking can also play a role in how our infant’s baby teeth grow.

Breastfeeding Reduces Risk of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

When you choose to minimize the amount your baby drinks from a baby bottle, your significantly reduce their risk of baby bottle tooth decay. This type of decay of the baby teeth is caused by your infant’s teeth coming into prolonged contact with sugar. You should never send your baby to bed with a bottle that has anything other than water in it. Even a bottle with breastmilk can still cause baby bottle tooth decay because breastmilk still contains some sugar.

Your Baby can Still get Cavities

Just because you’re breastfeeding your child, that doesn’t mean that they are immune to developing cavities. Even before their baby teeth come in, you should wash their gums after every feeding to make sure their gums and soon-to-be teeth stay clean and healthy.

It’s Okay if You Can’t Breastfeed

If you aren’t able to breastfeed, don’t worry. It’s completely normal for some mothers to face minor complications when attempting to breastfeed their baby. Formula is still healthy and is obviously a safe alternative for your baby’s dental health.

If you’ve yet to deliver your little bundle of joy, then you may also want to read HomeTown Dental’s blog about pregnancy and dental health. Also, once your child’s baby teeth start coming in, you’ll want to make an appointment with your local pediatric dentist.

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