From the Beginning

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Good dental care for children begins in the womb. The child’s teeth actually begin to develop five weeks after conception. To help a child form healthy teeth, a mother-to-be should eat a healthy balanced diet and take care of her own dental health. During pregnancy, a mother’s diet provides nourishment and sustenance for her child. A nutritional diet that is high in vitamins, calcium, and phosphorous will help a baby’s teeth develop. Tooth buds are present in a child’s gums early in pregnancy, and the crowns begin to form near the end of the first trimester. When a baby is born, 20 tiny teeth are hidden in the gums, waiting to poke through when teething begins. Unfortunately, as those tiny teeth are developing, an expecting mother often forgets to take proper care of her own teeth. In addition, pregnancy gingivitis, caused by a rush of hormones, can cause inflammation and bleeding gums. Pregnant women should be aware that their teeth require extra attention during pregnancy. Regular brushing and flossing, coupled with scheduled dental visits, are essential. If a woman is in need of dental work, it is recommended that the procedure takes place during the second trimester. The second trimester is ideal because of the typical feelings of nausea have passed, but the baby is not so large as to cause the mother to be uncomfortable in the dental chair. Give us a call at (949) 643-1111.