Breastfeeding allows a mother to provide nourishment for their infant, and it adds to the bonding between them. It also bolsters a baby’s resistance to infections and diseases. And in relation to dentistry, breastfeeding promotes good oral health. Studies show that babies who are breastfed for at least six months develop fewer tooth alignment issues than those breastfed for less time or not at all.
When the Teeth Come In
As a baby’s teeth start to reveal themselves, many mothers believe it’s a sign to start weaning. Yet, there’s no strict rule that requires weaning a child simply due to the appearance of their first teeth. In truth, every child is different and develops at a different pace. It’s up to the parent to determine how long breastfeeding is appropriate for their child, regardless of when their teeth come in.
Keep in mind, infants who are exclusively breastfed still run the risk of cavities. A mother’s milk does have sugar in it, so putting your child to bed with a bottle of mother’s milk, for example, can still result in cavities. If your child needs a bottle at night to sleep, simply using water will do for most children.
What About Mom’s Dental Health?
If you require dental attention while you are pregnant or breastfeeding, the Placerville Dental Group offers medications that are safe for you and your child. What’s more, we increase our efforts to support you in the maintenance of your oral health. Good oral hygiene is connected to good birth outcomes.
It’s important for any new or expecting mother to take care of themselves, so they are in the best position to take care of their baby. If you have any questions about breastfeeding and oral health, whether yours or your child’s, please contact the Placerville Dental Group by phone or through our online form.