The relationship of breastfeeding to oral development and dental concerns

ASDC J Dent Child. 1989 Mar-Apr;56(2):140-3.


Infants' oral muscles are exercised strenuously in suckling. Breastfeeding contributes an important influence on the thrust and growth of the mandible, in addition to imparting maternal immunological components in the nutritious milk. Infant feeding practices may affect the life-long health of the child. Appropriate, health-promoting practices, such as breastfeeding, should be encouraged by healthcare professionals.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bottle Feeding / adverse effects
  • Breast Feeding*
  • Dental Caries / etiology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Food
  • Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Milk, Human
  • Mouth / growth & development*
  • Oral Health*
  • Tongue Habits
  • Weaning