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Breastfeeding And Dental Health

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breastfeeding baby pdcBreastfeeding is a key personal decision each mother should take for the sake of their babies. Breastfeeding enhances immunity in children, prevents

obesity, Leukaemia, diarrhoea, vomiting, reduces ear infections and prevents asthma in babies. Nursing mums’ lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Breastfeeding however can impact health of both the baby and mum.

Exclusive breastfeeding reduces baby bottle tooth decay. This is the frequent, prolonged exposure of baby’s teeth to drinks that contain sugar. This happens when a baby is put to bed with a bottle containing drinks with sugar. Drinks like formula, milk or fruit juice. The upper front teeth are the ones mostly affected.

Healthy teeth

It is important to take care of your baby’s teeth right from the start. Wipe your baby’s gum with a clean moist gauze pad or wet cloth every day. This is because babies tend to get cavities too. Brush their teeth as soon as the first tooth emerges. Fluoride toothpaste is recommended in small amounts, the size of a grain.

Tooth decay can be caused by baby bottle syndrome

Cavity prevention is crucial for mums especially. Most mums tend to feed their babies by the same spoon they use. This act of sharing can transfer bacteria to the baby’s mouth. Mothers are recommended to brush their teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Cavities tend to have bacteria which spreads. Mothers, therefore, play a key role in ensuring that the dental health of their babies is maintained.

Helpful tips

  1. Visit a dentist for check up
  2. Brush baby teeth twice a day. In the morning and in the evening before bedtime.
  3. Avoid giving the baby sugary drinks like fruit juice and formula.
  4. Assist the children to brush their teeth, most kids can’t clean adequately until they can write.

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