The choice to breastfeed or to bottle feed your baby is one of the first (and most personal) choices you’ll make as a new mother. Wondering which type of feeding is better for your child’s teeth? In this blog from Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry, we’ll discuss everything you need to know.
Overall, breastfeeding is associated with a lower risk of tooth decay. There are a few reasons for this. First, breastmilk does not “pool” in a child’s mouth in the same way that liquid from a bottle can pool in their mouth. Breastmilk only flows when the child is actively suckling, which helps decrease their teeth’s exposure to the sugars contained in breastmilk.
In addition, milk from the breast tends to enter the baby’s mouth behind the front teeth. This, along with the fact that the baby must also actively swallow frequently while sucking, is thought to decrease the overall risk of tooth decay quite a bit.
So if you’re already thinking about breastfeeding your child, it does appear that breastfeeding may have some additional benefits for your baby’s oral health as they grow and develop throughout their first months and years of life.
So, is bottle feeding with formula worse for your child’s mouth than breastfeeding? The answer is “no,” as long as you follow a few basic precautions when feeding your child with a bottle.
At Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Jason Brock is an expert in treating little smiles. If you’re a new parent and have questions about your baby’s oral health, or you’re ready to bring them in for their first dentist appointment, don’t wait. Contact us online or give us a call at (281) 461-7470 to get the dental care your child needs in Houston right away.