Your baby will begin to develop his or her primary teeth within 2 months of conception, and permanent teeth develop around 6 to 7 months of pregnancy. As you can see, the health of your baby's teeth begins before his or her teeth are even visible. The following tips will help your child develop strong and healthy teeth, as your baby's dental health depends on you.
Your Dental Health Matters To Your Baby
The following are just 2 ways that your own dental health could affect your unborn baby:
- If you have untreated tooth decay, then your child will also be at risk of developing dental decay.
- If you have gingivitis, this ailment has been linked to premature births.
As you can see, making sure that you visit your dentist and inform him or her of your pregnancy is very important. After taking care of your own dental health, you can worry about your little bun in the oven.
Give Your Baby The Dental Necessities
One of the most important things that a growing baby needs--especially in his or her bones and teeth--is calcium. Your body needs so much calcium that if you do not provide it, your body will begin to extract it from your own bones.
You can get calcium from the following foods:
- Kale and other dark leafy greens
- Tofu and other soy products
- Sardines, salmon, anchovies (safe fish to eat during pregnancy)
You will also need an ample amount of vitamin D, which you can get from the sun or milk. Or, you can also get this from the fish mentioned. There are other vitamins that your baby will need, which your dentist will inform you of. The best thing about some of the aforementioned foods is that they will also fight gingivitis.
Protect Yourself Against Gingivitis
Certain hormonal changes--like the increase of progesterone--makes your body susceptible to toxins. Do not misunderstand; your body is just trying to protect your baby. The progesterone puts your body on high alert. This is necessary to keep toxins away from your baby, like the bacteria that cause gingivitis.
You can protect yourself with the help of your dentist and some of the foods mentioned earlier, and you should also consider cheese. Cheese (particularly aged cheese made from grass-fed cows) contains enzymes that successfully kill bacteria in your body. The high pH level of cheese also rebalances your mouth's pH level, making it uninhabitable to gingivitis-causing bacteria.
As you can see, all you need is the right diet, a good dentist like those at Southpointe Dental and a little knowledge to make sure your baby is taken care of. And this will increase the chances of your child having a healthy smile.