Oral Health for Infants and Pregnant Mothers
The health of a mother’s teeth can affect that of her own child, even before her baby is born. Getting your pregnancy off to the right start and knowing the basics of infant oral health can protect your child’s smile well into childhood.
Managing Oral Health During Pregnancy
Did you know that women with gum disease during pregnancy are more likely to go into premature labor or give birth to low-weight infants? Active oral infections like periodontal disease place a strain on your immune system and also allow bacteria to travel through the blood supply to the baby. Keeping your mouth clean isn’t just important for you, it’s important for your child!
Studies also show that women who chew gum containing Xylitol during their pregnancies will give birth to children that have stronger teeth. Xylitol is well-known for its plaque and decay-fighting capabilities.
Caring for Your Infant’s Smile
Even before your baby has teeth, you can start keeping her mouth clean. Use a wet, warm washcloth over your finger to massage the gums and remove bacteria that could cause thrush. As teeth begin to erupt you can use a training toothbrush with water or flavored training toothpaste (fluoride-free.) This early start gets your child used to cleaning her smile and promotes better oral health.
If you have questions about your infant or pregnancy, we’re happy to answer them for you.