Tiny teeth in tatters

January 23, 2016

Dr Arora says the project will start at the infant phase and will research a child??ôs diet and dental hygiene through to the age of three.

While it is widely recognised that breastfeeding provides terrific nutrition for babies and has been generally considered to be protective against obesity , on demand breastfeeding has been associated with poorer oral health outcomes.

???We are aiming to provide evidence of the relationships between feeding, oral hygiene practices and physical activity for children aged between 0 and 36 months,??? says Dr Arora.

One of the first of its kind the results from the cohort study will be provide longitudinal evidence in Australian children and the association between breastfeeding and oral health and between obesity and dental caries.

This is a joint venture between Universities of Sydney, Adelaide, Flinders in Australia and Oregon Health and Science University in United States; Sydney South West Local Health Network; NSW Health; Australian Lactation Consultants Association and a major research institution in the United States.