Breastfeeding & Cavities: What Nursing Moms Need to Know! by Kristin Salamon DDS

Dental Health
6 years ago

Breastfeeding & Cavities: What Nursing Moms Need to Know!

Breastfeeding has long been implicated in causing cavities in children. Is it a true cause of cavities? Recent research shows that breastfeeding until age 12 months is not associated with a higher risk of cavities. Actually, it was shown to have a preventive effect through Baby’s first year!

Breast milk has not been proven to cause cavities, even in toddlers over age 1. It has been suggested that breastfeeding is a risk factor for cavities in toddlers, but the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh this risk. Here's what to do to decrease a nursling’s cavity risk: 

  • Brush the teeth with non-fluoride toothpaste twice a day, especially before bed.
  • Watch for changes in color of the teeth (bright white, yellow, brown).
  • Take your child to a breastfeeding-friendly dentist at age 1.

The information on is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal health care provider.

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Elisa Schmitz
Thank you for this helpful tip, Kristin Salamon DDS! So glad to have you part of our #30Seconds tribe! 😀
Kristin Salamon DDS
Thank you! I'm so excited!

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