Keep Your Child's Teeth Safe With These Easy Tips!

October 28, 2019

What New Parents Should Know!
If you are a new parent or about to become one its good to know about how to help your children take care of their teeth. With a newborn especially, implementing good dental habits can have a drastic effect on your child’s wellbeing, even into adulthood. 

A recent study conducted by the American Dental Association concluded that breastfed babies were less likely to to have alignment issues. They may still need ortho treatment however, since there are many contributing factors to misalignment. 

Cause and Effect
Breastfeeding a baby as opposed to using milk or formula can reduce the chances of your baby having tooth decay. Since there is higher levels of sugar in milk and formula, there is a greater chance that with bottle feeding baby teeth could be develop decay. Breastmilk is not without sugar either, so it helps to take precautionary measures to clean your baby’s teeth by very gently rubbing their gums and erupting teeth with a cloth or using a small toothbrush with a pea sized bit of fluoride toothpaste to clean the teeth.

Research has demonstrated this difference in jaw development based on the type of “sucking” done in infancy, and has also linked the type of sucking done in infancy to better or worse dental health later in life. In one study, for example, researchers examined more than 1,000 preschool children and found that those who had been breastfed as a baby were less likely to have problems with the alignment of their teeth or an overcrowded mouth.

Your Teeth Effect More Than Just Your Bite...
Another study released in January found that 8-year-old children with a genetic predisposition for asthma were less likely to have habitual snoring or incidences of sleep apnea (where a person stops breathing during sleep) if they had been breastfed. The study controlled for weight, so being overweight was not a factor in the findings. The results might be explained by the development of the jaw; sleep apnea is more common when someone has a high palate and narrow dental arch – which is more likely to develop with bottle-feeding and other forms of artificial nipples, like pacifiers.

Good Hygiene is Worth Every Penny
 There a few steps you can take to ensure your child has healthy teeth throughout their childhood, setting children up with good oral hygiene habits that will benefit them throughout their lives!
  1. Brush 2 times a day (morning and night) with fluoride toothpaste
  2. Clean between children's teeth daily once teeth begin to touch.
  3. Ask your dentist about sealants
  4. Visit a dentist near you at least once every 6 months!

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