Dental Health For Breastfeeding Moms

Dental Health For Breastfeeding Moms

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Breastfeeding is known to be one of the earliest ways to reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS, obesity, asthma, and many more. It can also reduce the mother’s risk of ovarian and breast cancer. But did you know that breastfeeding can also impact the dental health of the baby? 

Breastfeeding promotes better teeth alignment

Recent studies have shown that babies who were exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months were less likely to develop open bites, crossbites, and other teeth alignment issues. 

Breastfeeding reduces the risk for baby bottle tooth decay 

Baby bottle tooth decay develops when a baby has prolonged exposure to drinks containing sugar. This usually happens to babies who are put to bed with a bottle, even if it’s formula or milk.

Dental care is still needed even if you are breastfeeding.

Although breastfeeding can be beneficial in so many aspects, children who have been breastfed can still develop cavities. Breastfeeding doesn’t make the kids cavity-free. 

It’s very important to start caring for your child’s dental health early. You can start cleaning your child’s gum area with a clean, damp cloth after every feeding. You can do this even if your child isn’t teething yet.

For moms, self-care is important especially if it affects your health. Many moms end up neglecting their dental health due to their busy schedules. Your dental health is as important as the rest of your family.

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day are still the simplest ways to prevent gum and tooth diseases. Also, make sure to have your teeth checked by a dentist. An annual dental check can help prevent serious dental health issues. 

Cakmes Dental Studio in Knoxville has a team of dental health professionals who can help you bring back your smile. To request an appointment, you can call us at (865) 584-6163 or visit



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Back-to-School Oral Care

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We know that the beginning of the school year is usually chaotic. There’s that transition from lazy summer mornings to rushing to get the kids on time for the bus. However, we believe that oral care shouldn’t be neglected especially at this period. Dental issues such as tooth decay can cause an increase in your child’s missed days in school.

To help you out, we’ve outlined some of the best back-to-school dental care tips:

  • Teach your kids how to brush and floss properly
    Brushing and flossing the teeth regularly are some of the simplest ways to prevent diseases of the gums and teeth. Until your child reaches the age of 7, monitor how he/she brushes and flosses his/her teeth. Make sure that your child brushes his/her teeth long enough. You may want to set a timer for 3 minutes to ensure this.

  • Be careful of what your kids eat and drink
    Your child’s diet plays a significant role in his/her oral health. Provide your child with healthy snacks and meals at home and for school. It’s also best for their oral health to limit their consumption of sweetened drinks and treats.
  • Learn how to handle dental emergencies

Accidents are inevitable especially when you have an active kid. These accidents may cause their teeth to get cracked or knocked out. Before these happen, make sure you know how to handle the situation.

When your child’s tooth is accidentally knocked out, carefully pick the tooth without touching the root. Keep the root moist by temporarily placing it back in the socket or placing it in a glass of milk.

In cases of a cracked tooth, have your child rinse with a glass of warm water. This will rinse any debris in the mouth. If there’s inflammation or swelling, place a cold cloth against your child’s cheek and call your dentist for further instructions.

  • Schedule a dental check-up at least once a year

Before the school year starts to get busy, you may want to schedule your child’s dental check-up at the beginning of the school year. 

A dentist can check your child’s teeth and gums. Seeing a dentist can also ensure your child gets routine dental care before any tooth/gum issues arise.

Cakmes Dental Studio is a family-oriented dental clinic. We take pride in taking care of patients dealing with various dental issues. To schedule an appointment with us, please call (865) 584-6163.



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