Did you know that pregnancy can affect your oral health? We’re not talking about forgetting to brush your teeth because you suddenly have a variety of other things to think about. Actually, the hormone changes in your body during pregnancy can create gum sensitivity and even a potential increase in gingivitis. It is important to continue to have your teeth checked and cleaned during pregnancy and even continue to get x-rays. If you have questions or concerns before receiving any dental procedures during your pregnancy, we are always happy to sit down and discuss them with you and come up with a game plan that will work for you and keep your mouth healthy.
It is also important after the baby comes, to maintain their oral health. Even though they do not have teeth yet, babies can acquire bacteria in their mouths and keeping their gums healthy is imperative to keeping the teeth healthy that are hiding underneath. External objects like bottles, human breast tissue, pacifiers, blankets, sip cups and teethers….all carry bacteria. Keeping your little one’s gums clean is as easy as rubbing them with a clean, damp cloth.
We came across the following video from the American Dental Association and feel it sums things up nicely. It also shares a great chart at the end that tells when you might expect to see your child’s first teeth erupt and which teeth will likely come in first. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your dental health or the dental health of your children, you can always contact us!