Oral Health Tips
Know the Facts
Keeping a child’s smile happy and healthy begins at day one! Good care of your child’s gums and teeth from birth helps him grow up healthy and ready to learn. Did you know…
- A child’s bad tooth or untreated cavity can lead to stomach aches, painful chewing and sickness elsewhere in the body.
- Baby teeth are important! If they are decayed or unhealthy, the adult teeth that grow in after the baby teeth fall out will be weaker and more likely to decay.
- Toothaches are the No. 1 reason kids miss school. But they are preventable!
- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children see a dentist by their first birthday.
Prenatal Dental Care
Mommy also needs to take care of her teeth!
During pregnancy, it’s very important to take extra care of your teeth and gums. Increased hormones leave your teeth and gums open for infection. Regular dental check-ups are the best way to prevent infections that can put you and your baby at risk.
Mommy-To-Be Dental Tips!
- Brush at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day.
- Switch toothpastes if you find that it upsets your stomach.
- If you suffer from morning sickness, rinse your mouth out with warm water afterward.
- Avoid eating too many sugary foods. They can lead to tooth decay.
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced pregnancy diet.
If you are pregnant and need a dental check-up, call 2-1-1.
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