Re: Tooth decay
Nope, nighttime breastfeeding doesn't cause tooth decay. The sugars in breastmilk aren't the kind that really fuel decay, and when a baby nurses, the nipple is way back in their mouth, behind the teeth. In addition, milk cannot pool in the mouth the way it does with a bottle, because the baby must continue to suck and swallow or the milk flow stops. This is totally different from what happens with a bottle, where fluid will drip into the mouth and pool in the mouth even when the baby is not sucking or swallowing.
Night-weaning is not essential to preventing tooth decay. But there are some things you can do to help your LO's teeth stay healthy:
- Limit sugary snacks and juices (because those sugars DO cause decay)
- Limit food sharing with adults- the bacteria in adult mouths can start the decay process going in baby's mouth
- Once or twice a day, wipe baby's teeth down with a clean wet washrag
- Start taking your baby to the dentist, somewhere around age 2
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