Category Archives: Preventative Dentistry

breastfeeding and tooth decay

Is Breastfeeding Linked to Tooth Decay?

When it comes to breastfeeding your child, you are likely thinking about all the positive side-effects that can come along with breastfeeding for you and your child. Not only is breastfeeding a great way to bond with baby, but it also helps establish gut health and can have a big impact on the immune system in infants. Recently though, you may have heard a rumor that breastfeeding can be linked to tooth decay for your child. This is a frightening statement for a lot of mothers who may now be concerned that breastfeeding can cause tooth decay in babies. If you are a mother who is about to start breastfeeding or is currently breastfeeding your child and want to find out more about this issue, continue reading this article. 

Why do people think breastfeeding and tooth decay are linked?

One of the main reasons that some people think breastfeeding can lead to tooth decay in children is because bottle-feeding a baby can actually lead to tooth decay if done wrong. Nighttime bottle-feeding a baby can lead to tooth decay since the liquid (milk or juice) starts to pool in the baby’s mouth as they are latched to the bottle. However, the same does not happen when a baby is breastfeeding, as the milk will only flow out while the baby is suckling. The pooling of liquids with overnight bottles can make plaque start to build up in the baby’s mouth. The bacteria present in the plaque is what usually leads to the breaking down of the child’s teeth in the future. 

So breastfeeding and tooth decay aren’t linked?

There has been a lot of research behind this issue and the short answer is no, breastfeeding does not cause nor is it linked to tooth decay. In fact, breastfeeding may help your child have stronger teeth in the future.

If you want to learn more about dental health for your kids, visit us at Cute Smiles 4 Kids today!

Cute Smiles 4 Kids San Antonio Children's Dentist Brushing Flossing Correctly

Do You Know if Your Child is Brushing and Flossing Correctly?

At Cute Smiles 4 Kids, teaching your child how to practice good dental hygiene is part of what we do. We look at every visit your child makes to our office as another opportunity to teach them ‘how to brush’ and ‘how to floss,’ so that their smile looks and feels great for a lifetime.

As parents, we know it can be difficult to monitor your child’s daily habits –  and it can be even more difficult to build and reinforce positive habits that aren’t typically seen as fun. But we’re here to tell you that it is possible to make sure that your child is brushing and flossing correctly at home, and give you some helpful ideas for inspiring these habits early in their development.
Continue reading

Cute Smiles 4 Kids San Antonio Children's Dentist Importance Oral Health

WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF CHILDREN’S DENTISTRY

It can do much more than ensure a good looking smile

Children’s dentists all around the world have been stressing the importance of dental exams and dental hygiene for children as young as 36 months. But what you probably didn’t know is that preventative dentistry is about more than just protecting a developing child’s smile – it is also about protecting that child’s overall health for years to come.

Children should not have caffeine, it will stunt their growth,” “Make sure they are not eating too many sweets,” “Make sure they don’t suck on their thumb once they have teeth,” and “Make sure they brush and floss at least twice a day” are all common sayings directed at kids – and for a reason. The development years are some of the most important years for your child. From birth through their teenage years, your child is constantly undergoing physical changes that can be affected by seemingly unrelated circumstances.
Continue reading