The relationship of breastfeeding to oral development and dental concerns.

K. M. Westover, M. K. DiLoreto, T. R. Shearer

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)140-143
Number of pages4
JournalASDC journal of dentistry for children
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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