The relation between breastfeeding and the child’s facial growth

Breastfeeding has many known benefits and is frequently linked to healthier babies and healthier mothers. But most of the research has focused on the actual benefits of the milk itself, and because of that there is one benefit that seems to be forgotten by most of the people: the importance it has on the facial development of the child.

 

Different from bottle feeding, a passive activity where the infant does not have to exert much energy to cause the milk to flow out, the act of breastfeeding requires a very sophisticated coordination of muscles and movement from the baby’s jaw and tongue, which leads to a development of his or her facial muscles and airways.

 

And that is not all: there is strong evidence linking breastfeeding to a better dental health. After examining more than 1,000 preschool children, researchers found out that those who had been breastfed were less likely to have problems with the alignment of their teeth or an overcrowded mouth.

 

With so many benefits to the child’s health, the importance of breastfeeding cannot be underestimated. If breastfeeding is not possible or has been made for a very short period, it is important to learn about the ideal age to start orthodontic treatment on children and thus prevent major problems installing during facial development.

 

With many years of experience working with pediatric dentistry, the professionals from Oasis Dental Milton are ready to help you with that and to take care of you son or daughter throughout his or her childhood years.Contact us now for more information.

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