As if mothers-to-be didn’t have enough to think about already (that baby room wallpaper isn’t going to choose itself, after all), a professor of dental science at Texas A&M says that a child’s dental health actually starts at conception. If you’re an expectant mother before you heave a sigh of “Oy vey!”, what this really […]
If you’re an expectant mother before you heave a sigh of “Oy vey!”, what this really means is that you should go to the dentist while you’re pregnant to assess your general dental health. Because a person’s dental health affects his or her overall health, pregnant women will want to make sure their teeth, gums, and mouth are in good shape. According to William Wathen, the aforementioned A&M associate professor, there is a statistical correlation between mothers with poor oral hygiene and the risks for premature births and low birth weights. He says that cavities are “contagious,” because the bacteria in the mother’s mouth will be in the baby’s mouth.
Other tips for your baby’s dental hygiene: take them for their first checkup around 6 months old, and then take them for return visits every 6 months or so. And when you brush their teeth, don’t use more than a pea-sized blob of toothpaste – a little bit goes a long way with those little mouths!