- Breast milk is far easier for baby’s to digest than cow’s milk or formula
- The actual act of breastfeeding helps to align baby’s teeth properly
- Breastfeeding carries a smaller risk of tooth decay for babies
Research has shown that breastfeeding for at least the first six months reduces a child’s chances of developing ear infections and obesity. It also contributes to the mother’s health by shrinking the uterus and reducing her chances of getting cancer. But did you know that breastfeeding can benefit your child’s oral health too?
Breast milk is far easier for babies to digest than cow’s milk or formula. The nutrients it contains are easier for a baby’s body to process and digest. Breastfeeding leads to better digestion and helps with the development of meconium in the baby’s intestines. Additionally, breast milk supports healthy bone and tooth growth.
Not only is breast milk important for a baby’s growth and development, but the actual act of breastfeeding helps to align baby teeth properly. In 2017, the Journal of American Dental Associated reported that babies who breastfeed are less likely to have teeth alignment issues later in life.
Breastfeeding carries a smaller risk of tooth decay for babies. When babies use a bottle of juice, milk, or formula for extended periods of time there is a good chance they will develop baby bottle tooth decay. Baby bottle tooth decay often affects the upper front teeth. While cavities are still possible with breast milk, the chances of baby bottle tooth decay are slim.
In any case, when your baby develops their first teeth, it is important to brush them or clean them as directed by your dentist. This may involve wiping them with a cool washcloth or even using a small, soft toothbrush to brush them. You should make your baby’s first dentist appointment as soon as their first teeth erupt.