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Published on: 10 Aug 2016 by rozamason

Dental Facts Every Mom-To-Be Should Know

Looking after
your general and dental health while pregnant will help give your child a
better chance of being born healthy and with good teeth. If you have recently
found out you’re pregnant then it’s never too soon to begin thinking about your
baby’s dental health because it’s likely their teeth have already begun
forming. This occurs five or six weeks after conception and by the time your
baby is born all twenty of their primary or milk teeth will already be almost
completely formed. A healthy and balanced diet should provide all the
phosphorus, calcium and vitamins and minerals needed to ensure your baby’s
teeth and bones develop properly. It’s a myth that the calcium required for
baby’s teeth comes from the mother’s teeth, as all the calcium required is
obtained from your diet.

Fluoride Supplements

Some women may
choose to take fluoride supplements during pregnancy with the idea that the
additional fluoride will help their child’s developing teeth. This might seem
like a good idea, but the benefits of taking fluoride supplements during
pregnancy haven’t been very well studied and taking additional fluoride will
not necessarily help your baby’s developing teeth. This is because fluoride
tends to be most effective when teeth are already fully formed and have erupted
in the mouth and is why dentist pediatric may often recommend fluoride treatments for children.
By topically applying fluoride to kid’s teeth, it can help make them more
resistant to tooth decay.

Gum Health During Pregnancy

Pregnancy causes
massive changes in hormonal levels and the increase in these hormones can
exaggerate the gum tissues reaction to plaque bacteria. As a result, gums may
become inflamed and will bleed more easily during brushing. This form of gum
inflammation is called pregnancy gingivitis and tends to develop between the
second and eighth month of pregnancy. Sometimes the gum tissue can appear to
overgrow, causing what are called pregnancy tumors to appear on the gums. This
tends to happen during the second trimester, and the growths are noncancerous
and should disappear soon after the birth. It’s believed they develop as a
reaction to excess plaque and their presence might make it more difficult to
keep teeth thoroughly clean.

How Poor Oral Health Can Adversely Affect a Baby

Several studies
have looked at the way periodontal disease or advanced gum disease can affect a
pregnancy. It’s been found that women with advanced periodontal disease could
be at higher risk of having a low birthweight baby or a premature birth. Good
oral health is also essential for parents and caregivers as bacteria can easily
be passed onto babies whenever you kiss them or share utensils with them, and
particularly if you lick a pacifier to clean it before giving it back to a
baby.

Once your baby
is born, please don’t forget to schedule their very first dental appointment
soon after they get that first precious tooth, or by their first birthday. Our
dedicated pediatric dental team here at the Kids Dentistry Center will do
everything we can to help ensure your child grows up with a healthy and
attractive smile, and without any dental fears or phobias. 

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