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Does breastfeeding​ help to reduce orthodontic problems?

“Breastfeeding decreases the risk of malocclusions.”

“Subjects who were ever breastfed were less likely to develop malocclusions than those never breastfed”

“those who were exclusively breastfed presented lower risk to present malocclusion than those with absence of exclusive breastfeeding”

“subjects longer breastfed were less likely to have malocclusions than those shorter breastfed”

Here is the reference study if you’d like to read it.

Acta Paediatr. 2015 Dec;104(467):54-61. doi: 10.1111/apa.13103.

Effect of breastfeeding on malocclusions: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Peres KG1Cascaes AM2Nascimento GG1,2Victora CG3.

Author information

1Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health – ARCPOH, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia.2Post-graduate Program in Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, Brazil.3Post-graduate Program in Epidemiology, Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, Brazil.

Abstract

AIM: 

The objective of this systematic review was to investigate whether breastfeeding decreases the risk of malocclusions.

METHODS: 

Six databases were systematically searched to the end of October 2014. Observational and interventional studies were included. Breastfeeding was evaluated in three categories: (i) ever versus never; (ii) exclusive versus absence of exclusive; and (iii) longer periods versus shorter periods. All types of malocclusion were considered as the outcome. Pooled adjusted odds ratio and its 95% confidence interval (95%CI) were obtained from meta-analyses. Heterogeneity was assessed with both the Q-test and the I-square. Funnel plots and Egger’s test were employed to assess publication bias.

RESULTS: 

Forty-eight studies were included in the systematic review, and 41 were included in the overall meta-analysis (n = 27 023 participants). Subjects who were ever breastfed were less likely to develop malocclusions than those never breastfed (OR 0.34; 95% CI 0.24; 0.48), those who were exclusively breastfed presented lower risk to present malocclusion than those with absence of exclusive breastfeeding (OR 0.54; 95% CI 0.38; 0.77), and subjects longer breastfed were less likely to have malocclusions than those shorter breastfed (OR 0.40; 95% CI 0.29; 0.54).

CONCLUSION: 

Breastfeeding decreases the risk of malocclusions.

©2015 The Authors. Acta Paediatrica published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Foundation Acta Paediatrica.

KEYWORDS: 

Breastfeeding; Malocclusion; Systematic review; Teeth

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26140303?fbclid=IwAR2Y4ZSekSDpkeU0uQE-qZZapHflgfsRHC9W3dnFx5cBJzXHmPuanwNyhjg