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Are you nursing your baby? Nursing can help protect your infant from health risks such as infections, asthma, ear infections, SIDS, and even obesity in children. But breastfeeding can also help your child benefit in other ways. Let’s take a look!

Did you know that the Journal of the American Dental Association has found that exclusively breastfeeding babies in their first six months results in fewer issues with their tooth alignment–open bites, crossbites, and overbites–than those who had never breastfed or who had done so for less than six months.

What about teething? How does this impact when you should wean your child? We have good news; the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants are breastfed for a child’s first year, while the World Health Organization encourages breastfeeding for two years. What this means for you is that you can nurse as long or as little as you prefer, but teething doesn’t have to be a deterrent.

Avoiding baby bottle tooth decay is another benefit of breastfeeding your little one. Baby bottle tooth decay increases when an infant’s baby’s teeth are frequently exposed to sugary drinks. Whether a baby takes a bottle filled with fruit juice, formula, or milk, to bed with them they are at greater risk of this disease.

Our dentist, Dr. Troy Hardy and our team hope that you enjoy this special time with your infant, and are happy to address any oral health concerns you may have while you are nursing. Hardy Smiles Pediatric Dentistry in Lehi, Utah, can be reached by calling 801-331-8449.