For Our Expecting Moms
Congratulations! We are excited and happy for you and your growing family. Great dental health begins well before the birth of your baby. In order to ensure you and your baby get off to a great healthy start it is important to consider how your oral health can affect the oral health of your child.
3 Ways to Maintain Good Oral Health:
- Diet and Hydration - While there is absolutely nothing wrong with the occasional treat, sugary snacks and beverages should be kept to a minimum. Drinking ample amounts of water helps wipe out the acids that come with the nausea and heartburn from pregnancy while decreasing the risk of tooth decay.
- Floss Daily - 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 unclude 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 names and dosages of your recurrent medications, including prenatal vitamins, as well as any specific medical advice that pertains to your pregnancy.
Start before year 1 - Finding a dental home
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 bab;ys gums and teeth properly
- When to expect your baby's first teeth
- The transmissibility of dangerous bacteria between caregiver and child
Breastfeeding and Oral Health
We absolutely believe that as parents you have to do whatever you feel in best for your child and family. Being a parent is the hardest job on the planet and there are a variety of reasons that make breastfeeding incredibly difficult. Because of this, moms sharing primary caregiving role with dads, grandparents, daycare providers, etc., means that babies are often getting their mother's milk from a bottle instead of a breast.
Breast milk helps babies defends against infections, prevent allergies, and protect against several chronic conditions. But did you also know that breastfeeding is extremely beneficial for your child’s early facial development, airway, and dental health?