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You probably know some benefits of breastfeeding, which is a personal decision you make for your baby, but there may be some you may not know about, such as alignment protection. Read today’s blog and find out the benefits.

Breastfeeding May Aid in Building a Better Bite

One study from Pediatrics states that babies who were only breastfed for the first six months, were less likely to have open bites, crossbites, or overbites than those who didn’t breastfeed or breastfed for less time. Of course, you still need to take into consideration other factors that may influence the need for orthodontic treatment in the future.

Every baby and child is different, and since the use of pacifiers and thumb-sucking factor in oral health, along with genes, they could still affect the alignment of your child’s teeth. Making regular visits to the dentist, where we can monitor her or him for eruption of teeth, is a great first step to ensuring good oral health. This way, Dr. Jacob Avner can monitor whether baby teeth are coming in and out at the appropriate times, and that permanent teeth are on schedule.

Don’t Stop Breastfeeding When Baby Gets Teeth

You may wonder whether you may need to stop breastfeeding a child once your baby gets teeth, and at Great Smiles of NY, we strive to answer it for you, however, it’s really up to you. It’s recommended that a mother stop breastfeeding when it’s right for her and her baby, not just because teeth have erupted. As discussed above, breastfeeding does reduce the risk of baby bottle tooth decay, since formula, milk, or fruit juice contain sugar, whereas breast milk does not.

To obtain more information about breastfeeding in Rego Park, New York, and the effects on your baby’s oral health, contact us at 718-275-7300 . We would love to discuss with you your goals for a beautiful and healthy smile!