Dental Health
December 12, 2017
Breastfeeding reduces the risk of baby bottle tooth decay

Breastfeeding and dental health Cont’d

 Another benefit of exclusive breastfeeding is a reduced risk of ‘baby bottle tooth decay’, the frequent, prolonged exposure of the baby’s teeth to drinks that contain sugar. This type of tooth decay often occurs when a baby is put to bed with a bottle – even ones containing formula, milk or fruit juice. (Water is fine, because the teeth won’t be bathed in sugary liquids for a prolonged time. It most often occurs in the upper front teeth, but other teeth may also be affected. 

Breastfed babies can still get cavities

It’s one of the most common questions nursing mothers ask: Can breastfeeding cause cavities? Yes, it can. Although natural, breast milk, just like formula, contains sugar. That is why, breastfed or bottle-fed, it’s important to care for your baby’s teeth from the start. A few days after birth, begin wiping your baby’s gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth every day. Then, brush her teeth twice a day as soon as that first tooth emerges. Use fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice.

Need dental work done? Double check your medications    

If you need to have a dental procedure that requires medication while nursing, we make sure to select medications that are safe for baby. There are antibiotics we can give you that won’t hurt the baby. It’s not only safe to go to thev dentist while you’re pregnant and while you’re nursing, it’s very important to do so for the best health of you and your child.