It is often said that being a mother is the most important job in the world – all of the mothers out there are raising the next generation! Between doctor’s appointments, school drop-offs and pick-ups, extracurricular activities, and everything else that comes with raising a child, it’s not hard to see why they often put their own needs aside to accommodate those around them. That’s why we’re sharing some important oral health tips for moms this Mother’s Day!
Dental Tips for Expecting Moms
Expecting mothers – from those carrying their baby to those adopting – often have a lot on their plate. So, it’s not uncommon for a solid oral hygiene routine to be one of the first things to go. However, habits like consistently brushing and getting a dental checkup every six months are crucial for your oral and overall health. After all, an infection in your mouth can quickly spread throughout your body if left untreated. Plus, expecting mothers are already vulnerable to oral health issues due to factors like morning sickness and the prevalence of pregnancy gingivitis. That’s why it’s so important to commit to good habits like:
- Brushing twice a day
- Flossing consistently
- Visiting your dentist every six months
- Waiting 20 minutes or so to brush after being sick
- Eating nutrient-dense foods, like fruits and vegetables
- Avoiding unhealthy dental habits, like nail biting
Dental Tips for New Moms
Although every child is different, most new mothers struggle with a lack of sleep. Plus, with a whole new life to care for, it’s easy to put off tasks like brushing and flossing. However, it’s important to remember that study after study has shown that cavities can be passed from mothers to their children. So, a solid oral hygiene regimen, consistent visits to the dentist, and other good habits like these are beneficial for mom and child alike! Note: that’s often easier said than done, so do your best to set aside just a few minutes each morning and evening for your self-care.
Dental Tips for Experienced Moms and Grandmoms
For moms with older children and grandmothers, there are different oral health concerns that need to be considered. For example, changes in hormones can result in bone loss and an increased risk of gum disease. As a result, it’s important for experienced moms and grandmoms to eat a diet high in calcium, get regular checkups and cleanings with their dentist, and commit to a solid dental care regimen.
About the Practice
Our team at Washington Dental Associates is proud to offer family-friendly care for grandparents, children, and everyone in between. In addition to providing preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry, we take the time to genuinely get to know each patient so we can keep their smiles healthy through every stage of their life. If you want to learn more about how to maintain pristine oral health at home or you would like to schedule an appointment, visit our website or call (201) 453-4863.