Posts Tagged ‘teeth’

What’s one often forgotten, but very important, “must do” during pregnancy?

Monday, June 19th, 2017

teethThere are so many “do’s and don’ts” during pregnancy that it’s sometimes hard to keep track of them all. But one important “do” that sometimes gets overlooked is the need to keep up with oral care.

Somehow, brushing your teeth and going for regular dental cleanings seem to fall down on the list. But did you know that at-home and professional dental care are also important parts of a healthy pregnancy?

Pregnancy can affect dental health

During pregnancy, your changing hormones may affect the way your body reacts to plaque that builds up on your teeth. The result can be redness, swelling and bleeding gums called “pregnancy gingivitis.” In fact, nearly 70% of women experience gingivitis during pregnancy.

You also have more blood flowing through your body and more acid in your mouth when you are pregnant. All these changes mean you are more likely to have dental problems, such as loose teeth, gum disease, non-cancerous “pregnancy tumors” which form on your gums, tooth decay and even tooth loss. (See our article for more details on any of these dental issues.)

What’s the answer?

Consider oral care a “must do” on your healthy pregnancy list. Regular professional dental care as well as a good daily oral routine (brushing, flossing) are very important parts of your pregnancy.

Brushing your teeth is something that you’ve done since childhood. Even going to the dentist is something that (hopefully) you are doing regularly. Dental exams help to prevent tooth decay and gingivitis (gum inflammation), and let’s face it – your teeth look sparkly clean afterwards!

Bottom line

Take your prenatal vitamins, get plenty of rest, eat well, stay active, keep up with brushing your teeth, AND go to your prenatal and dental appointments.

Your smile and baby will thank you.

 

Have questions? Email AskUs@marchofdimes.org

When will the tooth fairy visit?

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

lost-a-toothBaby teeth start falling out between the ages of five and seven years. Interestingly, they fall out in kind of the same order they came in: the two front teeth, upper or lower, usually are first to go, followed by their neighbors, then first molars, then canines (eyeteeth).  So, the tooth fairy won’t start visiting your home until your child is about five to seven years old, but it could be a little earlier or later than that, and that’s fine.

By the time your child is around 13 years old, all of her primary teeth will have been replaced by permanent teeth. To ensure that your child’s teeth are kept healthy and free of cavities, it’s important to start a brushing routine with water right from the get go. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that parents start a brushing routine when teeth first start to appear. When she is old enough to spit it out, you can start using toothpaste, but make it a small (pea-sized) amount of a non-fluoride brand. Toothpaste containing fluoride should not be used until your child is two years old, unless recommended by her dentist. Fluoride mouth rinses should not be given to children under the age of six. Flossing? Start flossing as soon as two teeth start to touch each other.

The ADA recommends that your baby be seen for her first dental visit within six months of the eruption of her first tooth and no later than her first birthday. Sound early to you? Well, the dentist will check the shape of your baby’s mouth, her teeth and gums, but also look for signs of damage caused by thumb sucking. He’ll decide if your tot might need fluoride supplementation earlier than age two, and he’ll set a schedule for regular dental care and visits. Starting healthy habits early will help protect her teeth for a lifetime.