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  • Writer's pictureDaniel Huigens DDS

Breast Feeding and Childhood Caries

Updated: Oct 23

Recent study showed children who are breast-fed for at least 2 years are more than 8 times more likely to develop early childhood caries (ECC) than children who are breast-fed for less than 6 months. The finding is from a study published in the March/April issue of Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. This seemed to be attributed to diet and sugar intake of children who were breast fed for longer periods. Diet was poor in other food groups and lack of adequate fluoride intake. While the intake of sugar was about the same as apposed to children weened by 6 months.

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