Leading Upper East Side Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Barry Jacobson Reveals the Truth About Breastfeeding, Bottle-feeding, and Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Top Pediatric Dentist in New York, Dr. Barry L. Jacobson, says that regardless of whether a baby is bottle-fed or breastfed, oral care should start early in children.



NEW YORK, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- There are some people who believe that there is a link between breastfeeding and tooth decay, according to Dr. Barry L. Jacobson, DMD, FAAPD, (www.949pediatricdentistry.com), a leader in New York pediatric dentistry. Although there is hard evidence that bottle feeding can cause tooth decay in small children, Dr. Barry Jacobson says that the jury is still out on breastfeeding. However, he says that, regardless of how a child is fed, the maintenance of his or her oral health should begin during the early stages of life.

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"Before the widespread use of baby bottles, dental decay in baby teeth was rare," says Dr. Jacobson. "One of the reasons that the use of a bottle causes tooth decay in babies, particularly at night, is because of the way that the liquid pools in a baby's mouth. When breastfeeding, the milk is less likely to pool in the child's mouth because the child is actively sucking and swallowing."

When using a bottle at night, he explains, the child is likely to fall asleep with the nipple in his or her mouth, causing pools of milk or juice to accumulate. Another way to prevent tooth decay in babies, he says, is to avoid any saliva sharing contact.

"Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by bacteria that use food sugars to produce the acid that causes the decay," Dr. Barry Jacobson explains. "The bacteria thrive on a combination of sugars, low amounts of saliva, and a low ph-level in the saliva."

Dr. Barry Jacobson says that after a baby gets its first teeth, they are susceptible to the bacteria through saliva to saliva contact. To help prevent the transfer of this bacteria to baby, he suggests that parents and caregivers avoid any such contact which can occur through shared utensils and cups.

"Most health professionals agree that breastfeeding is the best way to avoid tooth decay unless the child has a genetic predisposition," he explains. "However, breastfeeding isn't always an option for new mothers."

Dr. Barry Jacobson says that, regardless of the method by which a baby is fed, he or she should begin seeing a pediatric dentists starting at 12 months and should go in for a visit every six months after that. More importantly, it is crucial that parents learn the skills necessary to ensure that their child's oral health habit starts at an early age.

For more information and helpful tips on proper breast feeding techniques, please visit the La Leche League at www.llli.org.

For 17 years, Dr. Barry L. Jacobson DMD, FAAPD, has been a leader in pediatric dental care. His practice, located at 949 Park Avenue, New York, NY, offers laser dentistry for children, cosmetic dentistry for children, preoperative dental care for children, soft tissue procedures, 3D CAD-CAM crown fabrication, porcelain fillings, and treatment of fearful children, with behavior management experts on hand. Call 212-997-6453 (212-99-SMILE) for more information or visit Dr. Jacobson's website at www.949pediatricdentistry.com).



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