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Breastfeeding May Protect Normal Dentition

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 10:15

Nov. 19, 2004 — Breastfeeding protects normal dentition, according to the results of a retrospective study published in the December issue of the Archives of Diseases in Childhood.

"Non-nutritive sucking (usually in the form of dummies/pacifiers or thumb sucking) may be responsible for some forms of malocclusion of infancy (especially open bite and posterior cross-bite), but the role of early feeding on occlusion appears unclear," write D. Viggiano from Ambulatory Paediatrician, Local Health Unit "Salerno 1," Campania Region in Italy, and colleagues. "It is clear that breast feeding and bottle feeding involve different oro-facial muscles, possibly leading to different effects on harmonic growth of maxilla and dental arches."