Expectant mothers Dental facts you need to know

expectant mothers Dental facts you need to know Dear Doctor, I'm s

Dear Doctor, I’m so excited — I just found out that I’m pregnant with my first child! Since I had bad teeth as a child, I want to ensure that my baby will be healthy and have good teeth. Can you answer my questions? Expectant mother 

Dear Kylie, 

Congratulations on your pregnancy! You are wise to already be thinking about your baby’s dental health because his/her teeth have already started forming in the tiny jaw bones, by the fifth to sixth week after conception. By birth, all twenty primary (baby) teeth are almost completely formed. How amazing is that!!! 

Looking after your own dental health is the first step, usually the second trimester is the best time for a dental check up , in case you haven’t had a dental check up in the last 6 months.

Eating a well balanced diet, rich in calcium, phosphorous, essential vitamins and minerals ,will help ensure that you and the baby remain healthy.

Avoid sugar rich foods and drink plenty of water .

Babies ,usually get their first teeth, around 6 months of age. It is a good idea to get into the habit of cleaning their teeth, with a soft cloth.

A dental visit, around that time is recommended to get the baby familiar with the dentist. At that visit, the dentist can go more into detail ,as to how to take care of your babies teeth, when to start using a tooth brush and when to introduce tooth paste.

Wishing you and the baby the very best .

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