Basic dental care includes brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, seeing your dentist and/or dental hygienist for regular check ups and cleanings, a eating a mouth - healthy diet, which means foods high in whole grains, vegetables and fruits, and dairy products.
It may be easy to overlook your mouth, but pregnancy can actually make some dental problems worse. Brushing and flossing contributes to your overall health, too, and if your mouth is healthy, it's more likely that your baby's mouth will be healthy. It's important to continue to see your dentist during pregnancy. Your dentist may recommend more frequent cleaning appointments. Always brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between your teeth once a day, eating a balanced diet and limiting between-meal snacks.
Thumbsuking is a natural reflex for children. However, after the permanent teeth come in, sucking may cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and alignment of the teeth. It can also cause changes in the roof of the mouth. Pacifiers can affect the teeth essentially the same way, but is often an easier habit to break. Some aggressive thumbsuckers may develop problems with their baby teeth.
Sealants are a dental treatment consisting of applying a plastic material to one or more teeth, for the purpose of preventing dental caries ( cavities) or other forms of tooth decay. Because the teeth in the back of the mouth (molars and premolars) have numerous pits and fissures on their biting surfaces, certain areas of these teeth are often difficult to clean even with vigorous tooth brushing. To remedy this, research into dental sealants began in the 1960's, and by the early 70's the first generation of sealants became available and were approved by the FDA.
Dr. James L. Johnson