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4-1/2 month-old DS has his first two teeth and is exclusively breastfed. Pediatrician says to give him water before bed to rinse out his mouth. I'm not so keen on giving water. I am brushing his teeth at night, but he does often nurse shortly thereafter and most definitely still through the night. I've read/heard different things about tooth decay in breastfed babies. Some say it won't pool, but sometimes milk dribbles out when he falls asleep, so I'm sure there is pooling sometimes. Do you gals do anything special (wipe down teeth with washcloth after each feeding or anything?) to protect against tooth decay or is it something I just shouldn't worry about? TIA!
 

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i'm curious too.
 

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I've heard that it's not breastmilk (while has antibacterial properties remember) that causes teeth problems, it not brushing after solids. So we brush every night (and started when he had teeth and was eating solids) and MOST mornings. We use a baby toothbrush and water.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've heard that it's not breastmilk (while has antibacterial properties remember) that causes teeth problems, it not brushing after solids. So we brush every night (and started when he had teeth and was eating solids) and MOST mornings. We use a baby toothbrush and water.</div>
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This is the most recent research I've read also. It's the combination of bm and food residue left on the teeth that causes decay. We brush before bed and after breakfast with a soft toothbrush and a small amount of flouride toothpaste.
 
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