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Breast feeding and dental health (cont’d)

Breast feeding and dental health (cont’d)

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It is important to maintain good dental hygiene during and after pregnancy. It is known that new moms struggle to take care of themselves after giving birth and brushing is reduced and or done ineffectively. A dip in dental care could lead to more gum disease and cavities. Cavity prevention is especially crucial for moms, as even the simple act of sharing a spoon with baby could transfer bacteria into your baby’s mouth. It is really important to do the basics: Brush twice a day, floss once a day and see your dentist regularly. Make sure you have prevented decay and don’t have any cavities, so you don’t transfer that to your baby.

More teeth grinding (bruxism) is seen in new moms also. There is increased head and neck muscle tension, which causes our jaws to be tenser and then that causes you to grind your teeth. Trouble sleeping when pregnant: that can cause you to grind your teeth. Postnatal stress can also be an issue.

All moms need to stay hydrated, especially if breastfeeding. Not drinking enough water is a very dangerous thing for your mouth. If we have a dry mouth, we put ourselves at risk for gum disease and cavities.

Just like if you’re on an airplane, you have to put your oxygen mask on first before you put it on your child. If you’re not healthy, you will not have the time and the energy to make sure your children are also healthy.

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