Healthy Smiles for Mother and Baby

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In this article from the best cosmetic dentist in South Jersey:

  • Why it’s important to keep your mouth health for yourself and your baby
  • What can happen if you don’t keep your mouth healthy
  • Ways that you can keep your child’s teeth healthy



Before Your Baby Arrives


Eat a Healthy Diet

What you eat during pregnancy affects the growth your unborn child-including their teeth

Your baby’s teeth begin to develop between months 3 and 6 of pregnancy, so it’s important that you take in enough nutrients. Especially, calcium, protein, phosphorous, and vitamins A, C, and D.


You do not lose calcium from your teeth during pregnancy.

It’s a myth that this happens. The calcium your baby needs it provided by your diet and not by your teeth. So, be sure to get enough calcium in your diet by having at least 3 servings of daily products per day. Or, your obstetrician may recommend that you take calcium pills to help make sure you are getting enough calcium.


Snacking and Tooth Decay

During pregnancy, you may feel hungry between meals. While this is normal, frequent snacking on sugary foods can lead to problems with your mouth.

Sticky film of bacteria called “plaque” covers your mouth. Plaque feeds on the sugars in your snacks. They create acid from the sugars, which attack the protective outer layer (enamel) of your teeth. This can lead to tooth decay and cavities. Also, infection that can be caused by decay can spread. Either of theses problems must be treated by a dentist.


When you need a snack, choose healthy foods for you and your baby. Such as raw fruits and vegetables and dairy products.

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How Pregnancy May Affect Your Gums

Pregnancy hormones can make your gum tissue more sensitive to plaque bacteria. Your gums may become red, tender and puffy. They are likely to bleed easily when you brush your teeth. We call this condition, gingivitis, and it’s an early stage of periodontal disease. Your dentist may recommend that you have cleanings more often during your second trimester or early third trimester to help you avoid problems.


In some women, growths of tissue called “pregnancy tumors” appear on gums. It happens most often during the second trimester. These growths or swellings are usually found between the teeth and are believed to be related to excess plaque. They look red and raw. They usually disappear after the baby is born. Pregnancy tumors usually don’t cause problems but bleed easily, so it’s important to see your dentist.


Daily oral care is very important while pregnant

  • Brush your teeth 2 times a day with a fluoride toothpaste. It helps to remove plaque and prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Floss or use another between the teeth cleaner daily. Ask your dentist or hygienist to show you how to brush and floss correctly.
  • Choose oral care products that display the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This is your sign that they meet ADA standards for safety and effectiveness.
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Keep visiting your dentist regularly

Tell your dentist:

  • If you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant soon.
  • About any changes in your health
  • All of the medicines you are taking-with or without a prescription
  • About any medical advice your doctor has given you.


During pregnancy, keep seeing your dentist regularly for oral exams and teeth cleaning. If you are worried about the effects any drug, treatment, or x-ray might have on your pregnancy, discuss your concerns with your dentist and physician.



Dental X-Rays are generally safe during pregnancy

Radiation from dental x-rays is low. Current guidelines say it is riskier for you to put off necessary dental treatment than to have an x-ray when you are pregnant. This is because dental disease that isn’t treated during pregnancy can lead to problems for you and your baby.


Tell your dentist or hygienist if you are or might be pregnant. IF an x-ray exam is needed, your dental team will take steps to keep the x-ray exposure as low as possible.



After Your Baby Is Born


Your Baby’s Teeth

Your child’s baby (primary) teeth begin to appear about 6 months after birth. Most children have a full set of 20 baby teeth by age 3. Strong, healthy baby teeth help your child chew food easily, learn to speak clearly, and smile. They also help give your child’s face its shape.


Baby teeth can start to decay as soon as they appear

You may not realize it, but your baby’s teeth can start to decay as soon as they appear in their mouth. This can happen when your baby’s teeth are in contact with sugary liquids often and for long periods. These liquid include fruit juice, soda, and even milk and formula. If decay is not treated, it can destroy the baby teeth of an infant or young child.


Tooth care for your baby

The good news is that your child can avoid tooth decay. Here are a few simple steps you can take to keep your child’s smile healthy:

  • Never let your baby fall asleep with a bottle filled with milk, formula, fruit juice or any other sugary liquid.
  • Never give your baby a pacifier dipped in sugar or honey.
  • Do not put a pacifier in your mouth to clean it and then put it in your baby’s mouth. You can pass decay-causing bacteria to your baby.
  • Start cleaning your baby’s mouth early.
    • Before teeth appear, wipe your baby’s gums with a wet washcloth or a clean gauze pad after each feeding.
    • As soon as their first tooth appears, start brushing your baby’s teeth 2 times a day (morning and night). Use a child-sized tooth brush with soft bristles and a fluoride toothpaste.
    • If your baby has sore or tender gums as teeth begins to appear, gently massage the gums with a clean finger, small, cool spoon, or dam gauze pad. Your dentist or pediatrician may recommend a pacifier or teeth ring.



Plan your child’s first dental visit after the first tooth comes in but no later than their first birthday


Think of the first dental visit as a “well-baby check up” for y our child’s teeth. This can help start a good relationship between your child and their dentist.

  • Check your child’s teeth regularly
  • Share information about preventing tooth decay with others who may be helping care for your child.
  • Getting the right amount of fluoride is best.


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