Gum disease and Pregnancy

Mothers-to-be should take special care of their teeth during pregnancy. Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy can exaggerate some dental disorders, especially gum disease.

  • Did you know that pregnant women with gum disease are seven to eight times more likely to give birth prematurely to low-birth-weight babies?

That is just one of the many reasons why expecting mothers need take care of their teeth during pregnancies by coming in for dental cleanings regularly.

Your childs permanent teeth

Ideally, you should pick up the tooth by the crown (top) of the tooth, rinse it and gently place the tooth back in the socket. Hold the tooth in place with gauze and take the child immediately to the dentist. However, most parents would find this very difficult to accomplish. Have the child bite on a piece of clean gauze or a washcloth and place the rinsed tooth in milk and head for the dentist.  Above all, remain calm and try to keep your child calm too.

Bubblegum and tooth decay

Did you know that bubblegum can actually prevent cavities? As long as its sugar free and contains Xylitol. Xylitol is a sweetener made from the bark of birch trees and stimulates your mouth to create saliva – your body’s best defense against cavity causing bacteria.

Medication and tooth decay

People who have been on medication for a long time often have a much higher rate of tooth decay. Have you ever wondered why?

Well, it’s because medications such as cough syrup, cough drops, throat lozenges, vitamins and antibiotic syrups can contain anywhere from 10% – 75% sugar, especially children’s formulas! If that sugar is allowed to stay on your teeth, it could do a lot of cavity damage.

So check the label, and try to avoid buying sugary medicine when possible. It might not taste as nice, but your teeth will thank you!