Breastfeeding is one of the first (and most personal) decisions a mother makes for her baby. It can help your baby’s body fight infections and reduce health risks like asthma, ear infections, among others. Nursing moms may lower their chances of developing breast and ovarian cancer. But did you know breastfeeding can impact the dental health of both baby and mom? There can be long-term consequences of neglecting good dental hygiene habits during pregnancy and even after pregnancy.
Good Dental Habits for Mothers
Breastfeeding mothers are at an increased risk of tooth decay if they don’t brush and floss regularly and drink plenty of water. Cavity prevention is very important for new moms because it’s easy to transfer bacteria from a mother’s mouth to the baby’s mouth. Even something as simple as sharing a spoon could spread harmful bacteria from a cavity to the baby.
Nursing mothers should also watch out for teeth grinding, which can occur as a result of neck and facial tension after breastfeeding.
Breastfed Babies Can Still Get Cavities
This may sound as a surprise, but yes breastfed babies are also at risk of cavities. Although natural, breast milk, just like formula, contains sugar. That is why, breastfed or bottle fed, it’s important to care for your baby’s teeth from the start. A few days after birth, begin wiping your baby’s gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth every day. Then, brush her teeth twice a day as soon as that first tooth emerges.
Advise to breastfeeding mums
All moms need to stay hydrated, especially if breastfeeding. Failure may cause dry mouth, gum disease, or cavities and so many things.” Also remember to take good care of yourself. “If you’re not healthy, you will not have the time and the energy to make sure your children are also healthy.”