Whether you are expecting your first baby or have older children, it is important to understand how to take care of your teeth as well as the teeth in your child’s mouth. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we thought we would offer some advice for making sure your smiles last a lifetime.
There is a strong correlation between a mother’s health and the wellbeing of the child in her womb. The hormonal changes during pregnancy can actually put women at risk for developing periodontal disease. Seeing a dentist for a routine cleaning is safe and an important part of remaining healthy during this time.
The baby’s teeth start to develop sometime during the second trimester. Expectant mothers should eat nutritious food rich in vitamins A, C and D as well as calcium and protein to ensure proper development in the child.
It is no secret that a new baby often means less sleep. However, studies have shown that not getting enough sleep is associated with adverse effects on bone health. Getting some shuteye whenever possible is good not only for your sanity, but also for your bones! Eating a balanced diet and seeing your dentist regularly for regular checkups will also help you maintain good oral health.
When it comes to your child, make sure he or she sees the dentist as soon as the first tooth emerges. This gives us the opportunity to make sure that the child’s mouth is developing as it should. You can brush new teeth with a very small amount of fluoride toothpaste.
Mothers of Older Children
It can be easy to get so wrapped up in a child’s schedule that you end up neglecting your own health. However, this can be detrimental and lead to unnecessary cavities and other issues. Experts suggest creating a family time for brushing and flossing so everyone’s needs are taken care of at the same time.
Mothers of Grown Children
As we age, Father Time takes his toll on, well, just about everything. Women especially are at a risk for bone loss. Eating a diet that has plenty of magnesium and calcium can prevent oral problems that have been commonly linked to bone loss. Seeing our Charlotte dentist twice a year is one of the best things you can do to keep your mouth healthy.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers in our lives, and thank you for the outstanding job you do every day.