by Surela Chakrabotry | 25 SEP 2017
Strong teeth and healthy gums are an asset and one should definitely invest some time in oral health care. Good oral or dental hygiene reflects how healthy you are because symptoms of disease can be best detected through the mouth.
You not only take food from the mouth, it is also the entry point of germs in the body, so it is vital to keep your teeth, gums and tongue clean. A proper dental care routine should be followed by everyone to keep all teeth and gum problems at bay and this also applies to newborn babies.
Parents should inculcate oral hygiene right from childhood so that it becomes second nature and they should become a perfect example for their children to emulate.
Proper oral hygiene routine should start right from pregnancy says Dr. Prasad Meka, chief consultant implantologist at KIMS Dental Care.
Pregnant woman and oral care:
During pregnancy, women go through a lot of conditions like frequent meals , hormonal changes e.t.c. which leads to gum diseases . Dental treatments can be carried out in second trimester. All elective dental procedures should be postponed until after the delivery.
Brush twice daily or after meal
Avoid mouthwashes containing alcohol.
Don’t skip your dental appointment just because you are pregnant as regular periodontal examinations are very important because pregnancy causes hormonal changes that put you at increased risk of periodontal diseases and for tender gums that bleed easily- condition called pregnancy gingivitis.
Before the onset of pregnancy, one should make an appointment with the dentist to check whether they have healthy teeth and gums. If any dental operation needs to be done it should be completed on an urgent basis.
Once the child is born, mothers should still maintain their dental care routine since the risk of transferring infections to the child remains a high probability.
Oral Hygiene for new born babies
Proper oral hygiene also applies to a new born baby even if their milk teeth has not yet erupted.
Parents must wipe the child's gums, cheeks and tongue at least once a day before bed or nap time with a clean damp cloth wrapped around the fore finger.
Whether the child is either breast fed or fed with milk bottle make sure the child sips water after feeding is over.
Milk teeth must be brushed with a baby tooth brush with soft bristles twice in a day.
For Appointments : Dr. Prasad Meka, chief consultant implantologist at KIMS Dental Care.
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