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Nursing and Dental Health

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Experts say breastfeeding is a mother's best gift to her baby and herself, and it's true. It does a lot to help the baby build a healthy immune system, avoid allergies, fight infections and reduce other health risks. For mom, it helps the uterus contract back to its normal size more quickly and lowers the risks of breast and ovarian cancer. But it can also affect the dental health of both mother and child. So, here are five things every nursing mom should know about breastfeeding and dental health:

1. Breastfeeding may help improve a baby's bite

Several studies have shown that babies who are exclusively breastfed for at least the first six months may have a reduced risk of bite issues such as open bites, crossbites and underbites compared to babies breastfed for shorter periods or those who weren't breastfed at all. A healthy bite and fully developed jaw are essential for good oral health, nasal breathing and even good sleeping habits.

2. Teething should not stop breastfeeding

This is a recurring topic in most discussion forums. You really don't have to wean your baby because of teeth development. Every mom can breastfeed their baby for as long as they feel it's best. Teething should not be a factor in weaning your baby.

3. Breastfed babies are still at risk for cavities

You should always take care of your baby's dental health from the onset. You can start wiping their gums with a washcloth or moist gauze pad a few days after childbirth. This is important because breast milk still contains natural sugars that can harm teeth.

Once your baby's teeth start developing, and your dentist approves, you can start brushing their teeth twice every day with fluoride toothpaste.

For more information about dental care while pregnant or nursing, call us today at 425-409-2180.

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Dr. Buck practices a philosophy that integrates airway into all diagnosis and treatments. Dentistry has traditionally not considered the airway when planning dental treatments. Fortunately, today there is a rapidly growing movement that now recognizes how dentistry can have an impact on the airway which affects breathing during sleep. If dental treatments, including TMJ, orthopedic and orthodontics are well planned the result can be that the airway is protected or even enhanced. There is a clear link between underdeveloped and retruded jaws together with narrow dental arches that puts a patient at risk for sleep breathing disorders.

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