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My daughter is 25 months old and im noticing that she has an overbite. Was this caused by keeping the boob in her mouth almost the whole night, every night? Please share with me on what causes overbite. I dont want to stop breastfeeding but if it is causing this overbite, I will.

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Nursing is good for jaw development. She likely has an overbite due to genetics. How big of an overbite are we talking? A slight overbite is normal.
 

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Everything I've read has said that breastfeeding is important for optimal jaw and muscle development. My DH had a speech impediment as a child and was worried about DD inheriting it. When we asked about it, our dr said that nursing is giving DD the best possible start to optimal mouth development for strength and alignment and that if she's born with an issue then nursing will minimize the severity. I'm just a mama but my gut is telling me that your LO is benefitting from full term nursing and any issues she may have would have been more severe if she hadn't nursed. I absolutely would not wean in this case.
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Breastfeeding is more likely to fix a mouth problem than cause it. Thumb sucking and sippy cups, if overused, can cause mouth problems. Or just plain old genetics. If she uses a sippy cup, you might switch to a regular cup, but I don't even think that would cause much of an overbite. How bad is it?

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Normal bite (occlusion) is slightly in front of the bottom teeth.

I agree with others, breastfeeding is the best for normal development of oral cavity.

This is a great article from Journal of Lactation:

 

http://www.brianpalmerdds.com/bfeed_oralcavity.htm

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I took her to the dentist and the dentist said she has a deep overbite. Id say its about a finger in front of her bottom teeth. Thanks for all the information ladies, it is very helpful.

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