Dental care is very important to anyone as per every Independent Report. The teeth are one of the multi-functional parts of the body, wherein it serves a purpose for our nutrition and on the aesthetics of our faces. For a pregnant mother and a growing baby, teeth & gum health may need a special care since these stages in life are some of the most sensitive.
Dental Care during Pregnancy
During pregnancy, it is recommendable to visit the dentist and avail for treatment. For clarifications, you can ask your dentist what kind of treatment you’ll be getting and tell him/her that you are pregnant. The dentist knows what procedures are allowed to be done if the patient is pregnant.
If you experience damage on your teeth, do not believe that the cause is pregnancy. There are no scientific evidences that pregnancy is link to your body’s lack of calcium or any loosening of your gums’ retention capability.
Dental Care for Baby
- About Teething
Now that you have a child, one of the stages to look out is his/her teething. Usually, babies begin to grow a tooth around 6 months old. Since it is a solid growth, most babies can experience pain and possibly even fall ill.
In order to reduce the pain that your baby will feel, there are teething gels that you can apply. The common component of this gel is analgesic or also known as ‘painkiller’. It is mild though and you can simply apply it using your fingers and massage it gently on the baby’s gums.
If teething gel doesn’t do the job, then maybe teething rings can. If nothing seems to be working as intended, a dental check-up is urgently needed. From there on, you can ask the dentist how frequent will you be visiting for your baby’s teeth check-up.
- About Feeding
Aside from the teething pains, another pain will be felt by you during breastfeeding. It is a very uncomfortable feeling when a tooth is uncontrollably nibbling the nipple but if it is tolerable, then it will be okay. The baby needs the best nutrition and the greatest source of that is breast milk.
If your baby is now being bottle-fed, make sure to sterilize the bottle properly. Breast milk alternatives have sugary contents that can leave residue on the opening and might affect the baby’s teeth during feeding.
In order to reduce the sugar content, milk and water must be the only components of the bottle with the ratio more on water and less on milk. It is proven that sugar residues can lead to tooth decay.
If the baby has tooth problems, bottle-feeding might cause a problem. There are special feeding cups that can substitute the bottle for a meantime until the tooth problem is taken care of. In terms of solid foods, now that there are teeth growing in your baby’s gums, you can feed him/her with easily chewable foods but avoid those with sugary content.
- Cleaning Baby s Teeth
You will be the one administering the cleaning of your baby’s teeth. As soon as a tooth has come out, you can start cleaning it. You must use a clean cloth as the cleaner with a small amount of toothpaste applied.
If there are more teeth appearing and cleaning them using a cloth seems impractical, use a baby toothbrush. As the baby grows older, the amount of toothpaste applied will also increase. You can continue cleaning until your child is old enough to grasp the toothbrush on their own and do the cleaning.
In terms of using pacifier, just like the tip of the bottle feeder, it must be devoid of any sugary content. Regular cleaning must be applied and when the baby has more teeth, gradually distance your baby from the habit of sucking pacifiers.
If you spot any concerning discoloration on the baby’s tooth, visit the dentist right away. That can be an early sign of tooth decay or a gum problem. If there is a tooth loosening and you are skilled enough to pull it, you may do so when it is loose enough to be pulled by your normal strength. If not, then the dentist is the only option.
If you are pregnant, you are more likely to be concerned about caring for your teeth. Avoid procedures that can affect your pregnancy. Always seek profession help when it comes to the baby’s Teeth & Gum Health.