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Dental Health for New Mothers




Posted 3 months ago in Parents Center



So you just delivered your bundle of joy, and the last thing you want to worry about is having to deal with dental problems either for you or your baby. Yes, it is a hectic time, especially if you have other older children or toddlers to care for, but all it takes is 5 minutes a day to spare you and your precious little one the need for treatment later. We took your questions to Dr. Manal Al-Halabi, our specialist pediatric dentist, who gave us priceless advice. We're pretty sure you'll need to bookmark this!

 

Why is it especially important for new mothers to care for their teeth?

It’s vital for new mothers to take care of their own teeth, for both their benefit and the oral health of their children. Because if the mother lets her dental hygiene slip, she'll have a high level of specific kinds of bacteria that cause dental decay, which can then be transferred to the child through kissing, sharing utensils, or even just wiping the baby's mouth after touching her own mouth.

 

So how can new mothers make sure their dental health is in top shape?

Of course flossing and brushing their teeth using fluoridated toothpaste twice a day (once in the morning and once before going to bed) for two minutes is a must. Also, following a proper healthy diet that doesn’t contain too many sweets is especially important during that time, as sugar encourages the growth of decay-causing bacteria. Sometimes breastfeeding mothers drink lots of sugar-rich fluids like fruit juices, so they need to make sure to rinse their mouths with water afterwards.

 

Is that enough or should new mothers get their teeth checked by a dentist?

During pregnancy, mothers are sometimes more prone to have more dental problems - like inflammation of their gums; and in some cases it’s hard to get proper treatment during the pregnancy because of some precautions. So it’s good for the mother to go for a dental check-up as soon as she can after delivering the baby – even if she doesn’t feel any pain in her teeth or gums - just to make sure that everything is okay and no damage has been done during the pregnancy.