GREAT DENTAL HEALTH BEGINS BEFORE THE BIRTH OF YOUR BABY.
In order to make sure you and your baby get off to a great start it is important to consider how your oral health can affect the oral health of your child.
When it comes to an expectant mother’s oral hygiene routine, hormonal swings, morning sickness, and pregnancy cravings all play a role in the need for increased vigilance. Here are three ways to maintain a good oral health.
DIET AND HYDRATION
There is nothing wrong with the occasional treat, but sugary snacks should be kept to a minimum. Drinking ample water helps wipe out the acids that accompany nausea and heartburn from pregnancy while decreasing the risk of tooth decay.
Mothers who have prior periodontal issues are more likely to have premature labor and babies with low birth weights. Gum disease is also harmful for a woman’s teeth and gums. Signs of gum disease include significant bleeding, tenderness, gum swelling, redness, and gums pulling away from the teeth.
ROUTINE DENTAL VISITS
Regular dental exams and cleanings ensure that most oral health issues are prevented and maintained. Make sure to give the dentist a list of the names and dosages of your current medications, including prenatal vitamins, as well as any specific medical advice that ertainsp to your pregnancy.
In order to avoid dental disease in your child, it is equally important to find a dental home for your baby under the age of one. We would love to be your dental home. We provide mothers like you with a range of pediatric dental information including:
- The best ways to prevent cavities
- Proper nutrition for good oral health
- How to clean your baby's gums and teeth properly
- When to expect your baby's first teeth
- The transmissibility of dangerous bacteria between caregiver and child