Maternal Oral Health | Pediatric Dentist Crestmont

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Hello parents and baby caregivers,

Many parents who bring their kids into the practice every 6 months in our practice tell me they haven’t been to the dentist in years. The good news is, taking care of yourself helps to take care of your little one! I remember feeling an intense desire to do the best I could for my LO the minute I found out I was pregnant. So this blog post is to honor that feeling and provide parental prenatal and postpartum oral health care tips! Scroll down for my personal, 5 mins/day oral hygiene routine.

Vertical Transmission of Oral Bacteria, I.E. Periodontal and Caries Risk Factors:

Babies get much of their microbiome from those they are in contact most with in the early days of their life, for many this is mom! This is one reason why bad teeth/gums really do “run in families”and also why one of the risk factors we use to determine a baby’s risk for cavities is mother’s risk for cavities.

Low Birth Weight and Periodontal Disease:

Periodontal disease in an expectant mother can lead to low birth weight in and premature birth of babies! Periodontal disease has been linked to contributing to or exacerbating serious health problems including cardiovascular events, stroke, fertility challenges, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s and dementia, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, obesity, cancer, amongst other things. How does that happen? Not only can the bacteria in the gums in periodontal disease be particularly aggressive, gum disease can trigger inflammation in your body, potentially causing premature birth or low birth weight.

Increased Risk for Many Dental Issues:

Irregular diets, frequent vomiting (acid), frequent snacking, dry mouth, and a host of other hormonal changes makes expectant moms more prone to lots of dental issues during pregnancy. Rinsing with water, bonus if basic PH water, after emesis (not brushing because the enamel is very soft) and following the routine above is helpful.

Going to the Dentist:

Regular dental check-ups and cleanings during pregnancy can help prevent and treat gum disease and set the stage for a healthier baby and a healthier you for the course of your life. Even the smallest steps will help. Your dentist will also take extra caution to only provide treatments that are safe during your pregnancy.

In conclusion, taking care of your oral health during pregnancy isn’t just about you—it’s setting the stage for a healthier future for both you and your little one. So, keep that smile bright, and here’s to a happy, healthy journey into parenthood!

My own personal routine:

1. Water “floss” – I use a waterpik.

2. Floss – I use Burst flossers.

3. Brush with hydroxyapatite (or fluoride) for 2 minutes – I use an Oral B IO toothbrush and Boka Watermelon Mint toothpaste.

The extra cleansing of the water floss has helped me clean around my implant but also helps with preventing pregnancy gingivitis by helping get the gums extra clean.

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