Baby’s oral health and breastfeeding

A pregnant woman’s dental health has a lot to do with a baby’s dental health. So pregnant women should take a lot of care of their oral health to keep their baby’s oral health good. During the time of pregnancy, our oral health goes through a lot of changes. Like your gums and tongue during the first three months of pregnancy becomes sore and bleeds easily, this is called pregnancy gingivitis. This happens when plaque reacts with gum, this needs to be fixed as soon as possible otherwise it can grow more and is harmful to your infant’s oral health.

At this time you should visit your dentist immediately and inform them that you are pregnant to get the best advice. Your baby’s teeth start developing from the third month of pregnancy. For proper teeth growth, they need necessary vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. During pregnancy, you should avoid food that is high in sugar and start eating vegetables and fruits. I know it’s hard to stay away from sweets during pregnancy but this is for a good cause. 

Baby's oral health

The most asked question of parents is when they should start brushing the teeth of their kids. Well, most of the dentist recommends that babies don’t need brushing before the age of 1. But the oral activities differ from baby to baby. Some babies’ teeth start coming after one year, some start coming before the age of one. So this confuses parents when they should start brushing their child.

It is very important to start the activity of brushing at the right time. One cannot start brushing their kids when they have a few teeth (say 4). Starting brushing too soon may scare the child, the big size of brush head may scare them and they may start disliking brushing. So the right time to start brushing for kids is after completing one year when more than 6 teeth start appearing and when parents start feeding them solids.

If parents want to clean the oral area of their kids at 2 to 4 teeth then they can do it with normal water or lukewarm water. They should first clean or sanitize their hand properly and take drinking water, dip fingers into it and gently massage on the gums and teeth of your kid.

You have to be careful when they eat chocolates or something sweet. Whenever they eat sweets, clean their mouth with normal water or brush their teeth after 15 mins or half an hour. Also, brush their teeth twice a day after the age of 2. Be careful while selecting toothpaste. Many parents don’t pay attention to the toothpaste, they use the same toothpaste for them as well as their kids, which is not a good practice. Special kinds of toothpaste are made for fluoride-free kids. You should prefer only fluoride-free toothpaste for your kids. Fluoride can slowly damage the internal organs of your kid if taken for a long time.

Now, choose a toothbrush wisely. Kids should be given a small, soft toothbrush that is easy to handle. The bristles should be extremely soft and the brush head should be small and flexible. Many companies make attractive brushes for kids, you should take those brushes. It will increase the interest of kids in brushing. Tap water should not be used for brushing kids, it will be better to use drinking water in brushing. If your kid accidentally intakes the drinking water, it will not harm your kid.

Your kid’s mouth can catch bacteria not only from sweet edibles but from your mouth as well. So you should not share your spoon, cup, brush, or other objects with your baby. Your mouth should be clean and hygienic to keep your baby’s good oral hygiene. Tooth decay can start right after the first teeth appear so you have to keep your baby’s mouth clean. Don’t ever give a chance to bacteria to harm the oral area of your kid.

You should avoid giving milk, fruit juice, sweets, etc right before bed. If you are doing so then you should clean your kid’s teeth before sleeping. You can use clean chemical-free wipes to clean your kid’s teeth and gums. If your kid is not comfortable with wipes then should clean the oral area using your fingers, dip in the water, and massage gently. And give a few sips of water to drink to wash away bacteria properly.

Whether it is pregnancy or no pregnancy, one should maintain oral hygiene properly to avoid tooth decay, tooth loss, and much more health issues. Oral hygiene is not only necessary for your teeth and gum, but your complete health.

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