Caring for your child’s oral health begins even before they are born. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that all pregnant women receive oral healthcare during their pregnancy to help keep themselves and their child healthy. We encourage you to meet with your dentist regularly to ensure that you are receiving the care you need. If you have questions about perinatal and infant oral health in Centerville, Utah, or to make an appointment with Dr. Mark Nelson or Dr. Treagan White, please call Children’s Dentistry today at 801-295-8322.
There is evidence that periodontal disease increases the risk of premature birth and low-birth-weight babies. Additionally, the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy make it more likely that expecting mothers will develop periodontal disease. There are several steps that you can take to keep your mouth healthy during pregnancy and decrease the risk of spreading disease-causing bacteria. These steps include:
- Visiting your general dentist regularly
- Brushing and flossing daily
- Maintaining a balanced, nutritious diet
- Reducing your intake of sugary and starchy foods and beverages
- Use an ADA-approved fluoridated toothpaste and mouth rinse
- Do not share utensils, cups or food with your children, as this may transmit decay- and disease-causing bacteria to your children
- Use Xylitol chewing gum – this gum has been proven to help reduce cavities in both adults and children
For more information about perinatal and infant oral health, please contact our office today. Our pediatric dentists and team will be happy to answer your questions and provide recommendations on how you can give you child a jump-start on a healthy mouth.