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Oral Health and Pregnancy

Posted Dec 02 2008 7:34pm

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
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