2016, Number 2
Rev Odotopediatr Latinoam 2016; 6 (2)
Maldonado RMA, González HA, Huitzil MEE, Hernández HI, Reyes FR
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ABSTRACTBreastfeeding is a natural practice designed to promote the growth and development of infants, however, although it provides immunity against certain pathogens, is believed to favor the process of tooth decay. Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine whether breastfeeding contributes to the development of dental caries in early childhood. Materials and methods: The present is a transversal analytical study. The sample consisted of 164 children between 6 and 48 months old, divided into 3 groups: exclusive breastfeeding (GROUP 1), combined breastfeeding (GROUP 2) and exclusive bottle feeding (GROUP 3). a test Pearson correlation was applied using SPSS 18 program. Results: A strong positive correlation between the group of exclusive breastfeeding and caries-free individuals (p = .000) was identified. Conclusion Breastfeeding during the first months of life provides protection against tooth decay.