It will probably come as no surprise to learn the smile of her baby can make a mother happy. What may come as a surprise is that science has proven that fact. Studies show that a baby’s smile triggers portions of the mother’s brain that are associated with euphoria. So if you’re a mother and you’re feeling down, try making your baby laugh or smile.
This scientific discovery puts a spotlight on your baby’s teeth. After all, you want that smile to be beautiful for years to come, and if you’re a new mother, you want to do everything possible so that your baby’s smile is what you’ve always dreamed it would be. Your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, shares some tips for new and expectant mothers regarding their children’s oral health.
Tips for Expectant Mothers
As an expectant mother, you want to be sure that you are eating a healthy diet. Vitamins and nutrients contribute to the development of your baby. Vitamins A, C, and D play a particularly significant role in a child’s teeth, which begin to develop during months 3-6 of pregnancy. You should also focus on your own oral care. Bacteria in your mouth can pass on to your baby, so a good oral health regimen of brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits is essential.
Tips for New Mothers
Even before a baby’s teeth emerge, it’s a good idea to clean the gums. Wipe them with gauze or a wet wash cloth. Although bacteria are unlikely to harm a baby’s gums before the teeth emerge, it is sometimes difficult to tell exactly when they are emerging. When teeth start to emerge, schedule a dental visit for your child with your Des Moines children’s dentist, Dr. Johnson, within the next six months. In the meantime, find a toothbrush with a small head and gently brush the inside and outside of each tooth, using a miniscule amount of toothpaste.
Schedule a Visit with Your Des Moines Children’s Dentist
Is it time for your baby’s first dental visit. Schedule an appointment with your Des Moines children’s dentist, Dr. Johnson, today by calling 515-223-9764. Our 50266 dentist office welcomes patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.