Royal baby news sparks dental health focus
The world has been talking about parents-to-be Will & Kate, so the team at Danson Park Dental Practice in Bexleyheath, Kent, thought now would be a good time to offer some helpful hints to pregnant mums and babies. Here are some facts every family should know:
- The gums may bleed more easily during pregnancy due to hormonal changes, and so frequent visits to the dentist and a high level of oral hygiene are advised.
- A newborn baby is more likely to have poor teeth if you smoke due to the enamel not being formed correctly.
- Good nutrition from the mother during pregnancy is important in order for baby’s teeth to develop.
- Poor oral health during pregnancy increases the chances of premature birth and low birth weight babies.
- Dental treatment is perfectly safe during pregnancy, but do inform your dentist if you are pregnant.
- There is no truth in the rumour about calcium deficiency due to pregnancy causes tooth problems.
- Adult teeth are developing in the jaws below baby teeth at birth.
- Expect teething to begin around six months and last until all 20 baby teeth arrive at around two and a half.
- Signs of teething include swollen or red gums where the tooth is coming through, the cheek on the side of the mouth where the tooth is appearing may be red and disrupted sleeping patterns for both parents and baby.
Five tips for mothers’ and babies’ dental care
1. Like Kate, if you have morning sickness, rinse your mouth out with water to prevent the acid in the vomit attacking your teeth and causing enamel erosion.
2. Introduce your baby to the sights and sounds of the dental practice at an early age to allay any dental phobia that might develop.
3. Wean your baby off the bottle early to avoid them developing dental problems.
4. As soon as your baby begins teething you should start cleaning their teeth with a1000ppm fluoride toothpaste.
5. Avoid using a dummy and discourage baby from sucking their thumb as both can cause oral developmental problems.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate about contacting us on 020 8303 3726.