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  • Bona Dental Team

5 Dental Health Tips For Nursing Moms.

Nursing moms may lower their chances of developing breast and ovarian cancer, and breastfeeding has been known to help your baby's body fight infections and reduce health risks like asthma, ear infections, SIDS, but did you know breastfeeding can also impact the dental health of both baby and mom? Here’s how as well as a few tips along the way:

Breastfeeding Helps Builds Better Bite 

Several recent studies, one in Pediatrics in 2015 and one in the August 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association, found that babies who were exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months were less likely to have teeth alignment issues such as open bites, crossbites, and overbites, than those exclusively breast fed for shorter lengths of time or not at all. 

Breastfeeding Prevents Tooth Decay

Another benefit of exclusive breastfeeding, is a reduced risk of baby bottle tooth decay, the frequent, prolonged exposure of the baby’s teeth to drinks that contain sugar. This type of tooth decay often occurs when a baby is put to bed with a bottle – even ones containing formula, milk or fruit juice. Water is preferred as the last fluid before bed to wash away 

Stay Healthy 

Just like if you’re on an airplane, you have to put your oxygen mask on first before you put it on your child. If you’re not healthy, you will not have the time and the energy to make sure your children are also healthy. All moms need to stay hydrated, especially if breastfeeding. Dry mouth, puts you at risk for gum disease, and for cavities.

Do The Basics.

A dip in dental care could lead to more gum disease and cavities. Cavity prevention is especially crucial for moms, as even the simple act of sharing a spoon with your child could transfer that bacteria into your baby’s mouth. It’s really important to do the basics: Brush twice a day, floss once a day. See your dentist regularly. Until next time! ~ the team at Bona Dental Clinic

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