If you are pregnant, you have special oral health needs.
Try to have a complete oral exam done before you become pregnant or very early in your pregnancy. All dental work that you same germs that cause tooth decay in your mouth can be passed onto your baby.
- Wipe your baby’s teeth and gums with a soft cloth or a baby’s toothbrush after each nursing and feeding. That quick action can help remove the sugars found in milk, which can cause tooth decay.
- If you bottle-feed your baby, stop by age one.
- Never put your baby to bed with a bottle of milk or juice.
- Never place a pacifier covered with honey or sugar in your baby’s mouth when he or she sleeps.
- Sucking on a bottle when lying down can destroy your baby’s teeth. It can cause years of tooth pain and problems with eating.
Pediatricians and pediatric dentists suggest that all babies have an oral exam between one and two years old. Th is exam checks your baby for any problems in the mouth and with the way you might be feeding him or her. You also can learn how to properly care for your child’s teeth and mouth.
Source: National Women’s Health Information Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.womenshealth.gov