July 4, 2017
by Dr Ananya Mandal, MD
According to a latest study published last Friday in the Journal Pediatrics, children who are breastfed for over two years are more likely to develop caries or cavities.
For the study the researchers looked at breastfeeding behaviors and sugar consumption among 1,129 children in Pelotas, Brazil born in 2004. The community has a public fluoridated water supply. Fluorides help in preventing teeth decay and cavities. Information regarding breastfeeding was collected at several intervals viz. – 3 months, 1 year and 2 years old. Sugar consumption was noted at ages 2, 4 and 5 years. For sugar consumption, a list of food items in a questionnaire was used. Zero or less than twice daily consumption was termed as “low sugar consumption”. “High sugar consumption” meant two or more times daily.
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