The researchers found that by age five, almost 24 percent of children had severe early childhood cavities, which the team described as six or more decayed, missing or filled tooth surfaces, according to the new study published in the journal Pediatrics.
The researchers noted that breastfeeding for 13 to 23 months had no effect on dental cavities.
The researchers said that subsequent analyses of prolonged breastfeeding, taking into consideration the pattern of sugar consumption throughout the life of the child, showed that prolonged breastfeeding was an independent risk for severe cavities and decayed missing or filled teeth.
The real correlation of breastfeeding is perhaps the number of exposure to food and drink that a child has during the day and night due to the ease of access to mom.” Morgan noted that it’s known that after a baby eats or drinks there is a rise in bacteria, as well as an increase in decay potential for about 20 minutes, after which bacterial growth and concurrent acid production decreases, along with the decay potential.
He stressed that if parents brush their child’s teeth after breakfast and dinner, there are only three exposures to increased decay rate times.