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The Oral Health Basics of Breastfeeding

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Although breastfeeding is often stressed as the most suitable option for the overall healthy growth of your child, did you know that it can benefit your child’s oral health as well? For a better understanding of the basics of breastfeeding and dental health, listed below are some important facts about them:

– Breastfeeding lowers a child’s risk of baby bottle tooth decay.
– There is sugar in breast milk, which although it is lower than in most other drinks, it can still pose a risk of cavities in your child.
– Although genetics, pacifiers, baby bottles, and thumb sucking all hinder proper tooth alignment in a child, breastfeeding can lower your child’s risk for bad bites.
– Breastfed babies do not need to be weaned when they are teething.
– According to recent studies, breastfed babies are less likely to develop crooked teeth, including open bites, crossbites, and overbites.
– Breastfeeding can help your infants fight a variety of oral health risks, including infections.

For more oral health advice from our team at Copper Cove Pediatric Dentistry, come in for a visit. If you would like an oral exam for your child from Dr. Troy Hardy, please book an appointment to come see us at our pediatric office in South Jordan, Utah. We can be reached at 801-446-2080. We will be glad to help you achieve the results you are looking for.