Posted on 2/20/2020 by Kids First Pediatric Dentistry
Breastfeeding your baby is the most natural way to feed your infant, it is convenient, always handy and full of antibodies, nutrients and vitamins that are tailor made by you for your child. But can breastfeeding have an impact on tooth eruption?
Breastfeeding and Oral Health
Breastfeeding, in addition to providing proper nutrition and antibodies for your baby, helps develop the oral facial structure of your child. Correctly shaping the jaw, muscles and tongue as your baby's teeth begin to grow in.
Did you know that most babies are born with teeth already? They may just be tiny beads under the gumline, but they begin to form when your child is still in utero. As your child nurses, the muscles of the cheeks and tongue along with the swallowing motion, helps to develop and encourage healthy oral health.
Recent studies have suggested that babies who breastfeed exclusively may have a slight delay in the timing of their first tooth erupting. Girls may see their first tooth erupt at about age 7 months while boys may not see their first tooth until 8 months of age. This is nothing to be concerned about, as it is still well within the realm of a normal timeline for your child to get his or her first tooth.
It is also highly recommended by the American Associates of Pediatrics that should you choose to breastfeed your baby, you should exclusively breastfeed him or her for the first 6 months and continue at least until your child's first year. The health benefits, both for oral health and general overall health, are many.
If you have questions about breastfeeding and your child's oral health, please don't hesitate to give us a call. We are happy to assist you in any way that we can as you begin the journey with your new family member!