Oral Health & Pregnancy
Did you know that your baby is developing his or her teeth while still in the womb? Did you know that a dental infection in the mouth of an expecting mother could lead to premature birth and low birth weight of the baby? While babies are growing inside us, we need to consider not only their health but also our health as mothers, too, including our oral health.
What you do during pregnancy and how you care for yourself is of utmost importance for you and your baby. Regular dental checkups before, during, and after pregnancy are critical to your health and your baby’s health. Dr. Temesgen has consulted with multiple obstetricians regarding the best care for an expecting mother, and she is confident in the care she provides expecting mothers. Please don’t postpone dental care because of pregnancy!
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Dental Care for Your Infant, Toddler, or Child
Unfortunately, by the time many parents bring their children in for first dental appointments, the children already have one or more cavities and often are experiencing pain. But tooth decay and cavities aren’t the only reason to visit a dentist! Getting an early start on regular dental care is an important step on the road to teaching your child healthy lifetime habits. The first dental visit should occur shortly after the first tooth erupts, and no later than the child’s first birthday. Beginning tooth and mouth examinations early may lead to detection of early stages of tooth decay that can be easily treated.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How often should my child see the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental checkup at least twice a year for most children. Some children need more frequent dental visits due to increased risk of tooth decay, abnormal dental growth or development, and/or poor oral hygiene. Dr. Temesgen will consult with you about the best appointment schedule for your child.
Why visit the dentist twice a year when my child has never had a cavity?
Regular dental visits help your child stay cavity-free. Teeth cleanings remove debris that build up on the teeth, irritate the gums, and cause decay. Fluoride treatments renew the fluoride content in the enamel, strengthening teeth and preventing cavities. Hygiene instructions improve your child’s brushing and flossing habits, leading to cleaner teeth and healthier gums.
What happens in pediatric patient checkups at Premier Family Dental?
Dr. Temesgen will review your child’s medical and dental history. She will gently examine your child’s teeth, oral tissues, and jaws. The teeth will be cleaned and polished, following by the application of a fluoride solution.
Dr. Temesgen provides an ongoing assessment of changes in your child’s oral health. For example, your child may need additional fluoride, dietary changes, or sealants for ideal dental health. She may identify orthodontic problems and suggest treatment to guide the teeth as they emerge in the mouth.
Dr. Temesgen is very comfortable interacting with children. Therefore, she won’t talk just to you about dental health; she will also talk to your child with easily understandable words, pictures, and ideas. Your child will be motivated to take responsibility for his or her oral health, giving them a healthy smile.
What do dental sealants do?
Proper oral hygiene is essential for preventing cavities, but toothbrushes cannot always reach down into the deepest pits and grooves of teeth. Dental sealants flow into the grooves of the teeth, creating a barrier against food particles, plaque, and acidic food and drink. This barrier makes it easier to keep the chewing surfaces of the teeth clean, reducing the chance of cavity formation. Sealants can last up to 10 years before needing to be replaced.
How do fluoride treatments work?
Fluoride is naturally occurring mineral that can promote remineralization of enamel, which works to strengthen teeth and protect them against decay. Fluoride treatments will be a regular part of your child’s dental checkups to help strengthen developing teeth.
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