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Pediatric Dentist Rochester

For Expectant Parents

Oral care during pregnancy is very important.  Untreated oral disease may compromise the health of the mother and the unborn child.Tips for Expectant Mothers

  • Schedule an appointment with your dentist to discuss your oral needs
    and develop an individualized preventive plan
    .
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste
    and floss daily.
  • If you experience morning sickness, use a teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water to rinse your mouth after vomiting.  Avoid tooth brushing for an hour to minimize dental erosion caused by stomach acid.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.  Avoid frequent sugary snacks and carbonated beverages.  Choose fruit rather than fruit juice to meet the recommended daily fruit intake.
  • Establish a dental home for your new baby between 6-12 months of age.

Infant Oral Health Care

We follow the recommendations of The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that a child’s first visit to the dentist should occur by 12 months of age.  This visit will enable Dr. Aslani-Breit to evaluate your child and introduce you to proper oral hygiene.  Diet, fluoride, finger and pacifier habits, and tooth eruption will be discussed to ensure optimal dental health.  By starting early, we can enable your child to enjoy the lifelong benefits of a healthy mouth.

Tips to reduce the risk of cavities:

  • Wipe an infant’s teeth after feeding, especially along the gum line, with a soft cloth or soft bristled toothbrush.
  • Avoid putting an infant to bed with a bottle or sippy cup containing anything other than water.
  • Begin to wean children from bottle and sippy cup by nine to ten months of age.
  • Limit foods containing sugar to mealtimes only.
  • Avoid saliva-sharing behaviors, such as sharing a spoon when tasting baby food, cleaning a dropped pacifier by mouth or wiping the baby’s mouth with saliva.
  • Avoid saliva-sharing behaviors between children via their toys, pacifiers, etc.
  • Establish a dental home for your new baby between 6-12 months of age.

 

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