11 July 2017
Study finds increased risk of dental decay in children breastfed beyond two years of age
A new study carried out to understand the effect of breastfeeding on children’s teeth has found there is a higher risk of dental caries if breastfeeding continues for two years or more. The research findings have been published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Because of the known benefits of breastfeeding to children’s health, the authors, led by Professor Karen Glazer Peres of the University of Adelaide, say that breastfeeding should not be discouraged but instead, that parents should adopt measures to prevent dental caries as early as possible.