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Is Breastfeeding Better than Formula for Your Child’s Teeth? Which Increases Risk of Early Caries?

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When it comes to your baby, you only want what is best for them. It doesn’t matter if you are a first time mom or a mom of 7. You probably know by now that there is a lot of information out there about breastfeeding vs formula. Sometimes you just don’t get a choice, but you have to do what is best for you and your baby. Let Smile Reef help you learn more when it comes to the development of your baby’s teeth.

Does Breastfeeding or Formula Increase Risk of Early Childhood Caries?

Flow of milk– Breastfeeding your baby has shown to have a lower risk for tooth decay then babies that are fed formula. There are a few reasons why this is. When breastfeeding, the breastmilk will only flow when the baby is actively sucking. Because of this, the breastmilk doesn’t pool in the babies mouth before swallowing. Using a bottle can have the liquid stay in the baby’s mouth longer before swallowing.
Behind the teeth – Another reason breastfeeding has a lower risk is because the breastmilk enters baby’s mouth from behind front teeth, lowing the amount of milk on the teeth. Additionally when breastfeeding, the baby has to swallow more frequently while sucking.

How Do You Prevent Tooth Decay in Babies with Bottles?

Now we know that some mothers have to bottle feed, so let’s try to minimize the risk of tooth decay in your child.
No bottle in bed– When you put your baby to bed don’t put them to bed with a bottle that has formula or other drinks that have sugar in them. Water is okay to let them have in bed. By doing this will limit the amount of liquid pooling in their mouth.
Clean teeth and gums after feeding – Once that first tooth pops through, make sure you use the right toothpaste for infants and babies. By doing this will also make it easier when it comes to brushing your toddler’s teeth.
Pediatric dental visit – Always remember to contact and see a dentist by the age of 1 or when the first tooth emerges. Having a regular dentist visit will help your child’s teeth stay healthy.

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So, is it true that bottle feeding with formula is going to ruin your child’s teeth? The short answer is no, but make sure you always follow the few basic precautions outlined above when feeding your child with a bottle. If you do these precautions you will have a better chance of protecting your child from tooth decay. Call Smile Reef to schedule your child’s next pediatric dental appointment today!

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