Study: The longer children breastfeed, the higher the risk of cavities
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - New research is suggesting that the longer children are breastfeed, the bigger the risk of developing cavities in their teeth.
The study, published in the journal "Pediatrics," looked at more than 1,000 children in one Brazilian city.
At age 5, all of them were examined for cavities by dentists.
Researchers found that children who were breastfed two years or longer had more than twice the risk of having severe cavities compared to kids who breastfed for less than a year.
"Severe" is defined for this study as having at least six cavities.
Researchers suggest the uptick is due to the older kids likely being breastfed on demand, making it harder to clean their teeth.
Experts say it's vital that babies have their gums wiped down after breastfeeding, as breast milk contains sugar.
In addition, children should start going to the dentist as soon as their first tooth comes in.