Your child’s oral health begins before they are born. There are a number of steps that you can take while pregnant to ensure that your child begins their life on the right foot. To find out more about prenatal dental health in Farmington, New Mexico, and make an appointment with Dr. Lauren Schau, contact Beckland Dental Kids today at 505-278-8806.
The oral health of an expecting mother is a huge determining factor in the baby’s dental future. The American Dental Association® recommends continuing your regular oral health care routine throughout your pregnancy, including dental cleanings and exams. When you first learn about your pregnancy, schedule a dental health checkup. After that appointment, schedule a second prenatal dental health checkup in six months. Maintaining good oral health and visiting the dentist regularly can be just as important as scheduling and keeping appointments with an OB-GYN.
We strongly recommend that you address all medical concerns immediately, even if that concern is just a toothache. While a toothache might seem like a minor annoyance, it could easily evolve into an oral infection that affects your entire body. Please also remember that it is not uncommon for your gums to swell during pregnancy. Continue practicing good oral hygiene and visiting our dentist to minimize your risk of developing gum disease.
Here are a few things that we recommend you do while pregnant:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a fluoridated toothpaste. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or more often if the bristles are frayed. Do not share your toothbrush, and use an alcohol-free mouthwash.
- Clean between your teeth with floss at least once a day.
- Limit your intake of sugary and processed foods, and practice healthy eating habits.
- Avoid frequent snacking between meals.
- If you have morning sickness, take a few minutes to swish with a baking soda and water mixture (1 tsp. baking soda in 1 cup of warm water). This helps prevent stomach acids from damaging the enamel of your teeth.
Our dentist may recommend other actions to help you keep your smile healthy based on your individual needs.
For more information about prenatal dental health and to set up an appointment with our dentist, give us a call today.