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Dental Sealants For Children

Dental Sealants For Children

Sealants are a fast and easy way of protecting your child’s teeth that act as barriers to cavity-prone areas. They are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth and sometimes used to cover deep pits and grooves. Both primary and permanent teeth can benefit from sealants.

Toothbrushes Cannot Reach Everything

Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food.

About Sealants

Sealants are easy for your dentist to apply. The sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. This resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and may last several years before a reapplication is needed. During your regular dental visits, your dentist will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary.

The likelihood of developing pit and fissure decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are obvious candidates. But adults can benefit from sealants as well.

Key Ingredients In Preventing Tooth Decay And Maintaining A Healthy Mouth

  • Brushing twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste
  • Cleaning between the teeth daily with floss or another interdental cleaner
  • Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks
  • Visiting your dentist regularly

Ask your dentist about whether sealants will help your child.

Source: healthychildren.org

TVDC To Provide Free Kids Cleanings And Fluoride At February 19th-22nd Event!

TVDC To Provide Free Kids Cleanings And Fluoride At February 19th-22nd Event!

Each February, National Children’s Dental Health Month is celebrated to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. This month-long health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators across the world to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.

Towne View dental care lead by Dr. Roopam Garg and team have decided to dedicate this month to raise awareness about the importance of good oral health practices in children.

TVDC will also be hosting ​a Community outreach week ​February 19th- 22nd. ​Our Goal is to provide ​free dental cleanings, checkups and fluoride​ to children ages 3-14. For more information, or to ​register your child or children for this event​, contact our office at 972-874-7870.

The keys to promoting good oral health at home are to have a tooth-friendly diet and encourage good oral hygiene practices.

  • Sugar-added and high sugar-content foods and drinks/juices should be consumed at mealtimes and not as snacks. This is because saliva flow increases during meals and saliva helps to rinse food particles away and neutralise the acids from cavity-causing bacteria found in plaque.
  • Limit between-meal snacks. If kids eat a lot of snacks, they are unlikely to eat at mealtimes. But if offering a snack, give something nutritious like a fruit.
  • Monitor drink/juice consumption. Between meals, offer water or low-fat milk.
  • Develop good brushing and flossing practices: Brush at least 2 times daily. The night-time brush is the most important and should be done right before bedtime. Brush all the surfaces of all the teeth to remove plaque. Flossing should be instituted once the teeth touch each other.
  • Schedule regular dental visits so that the dentist can monitor your child’s dental development and intervene early where necessary.

The American Dental Association advocates for the first dental visit to occur within six months of the appearance of the first tooth and no later than the child’s first birthday.

Healthy teeth and a healthy smile are important for a child’s self-esteem. With proper care, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits your child’s teeth can remain healthy and strong.

Your Child Can Win A Google Home Mini

IN HONOR OF NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH​, we’re holding a special contest, and we’re inviting all of you to join in.

Instagram/facebook Contest:

We invite children between 4 and 14 years of age across DFW to enter our contest

It’s Easy To Enter

  1. Take a picture showing off your pearly whites with any TVDC team member
  2. Tag our practice by adding @towneviewdentalcare in the description.
  3. Remember, the post must be public for it to be entered in our contest.

The​ Winner​ Will Receive​ a google home mini. ​(Contest ends March 31st)

The prizewinner will be selected in a random drawing. The winner will be selected from entries received during the Contest Period prior to the random drawing date.

We’re looking forward to seeing all of your smiling faces! Follow ​our practice on Instagram/Facebook​ for more fun contests and news.

Thanks for being our valued patients and friends!

Your Child Can Win A Google Home Mini





    Brushing for Two: How Your Oral Health Affects Baby

    Brushing for Two: How Your Oral Health Affects Baby

    Being a mommy-in-the-making means all sorts of sacrifice. During this time, a mom-to-be can get so focused on making everything perfect for her little one that she can neglect her own health. But, a mom who cares for herself is also caring for her unborn child—that’s especially true when it comes to oral health.

    Visiting your dentist will allow him or her to assess your current oral health and map out a dental plan for the remainder of your pregnancy. When you take care of your teeth and gums, it can potentially make a difference for your baby, both before and after birth.

    Contributors To Declining Tooth And Gum Health

    It’s common for a future mom’s tooth and gum health to decline during pregnancy. To help you understand that, here are a few things that can cause problems:

    • Everyone’s tired at the end of the day, but add in a pregnancy, and that leads to a whole new level of exhaustion. As a result, routine nighttime brushing and flossing can get skipped—in addition to regular dental visits. This can lead to plaque and bacteria build-up and eventually tooth decay.
    • Hormonal changes during pregnancy can endanger the health of mom’s gums and can cause pregnancy gingivitis— irritated gums that bleed because of being inflamed. And yes, in case you were wondering, it’s as unpleasant as it sounds. Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis—a more serious form of gum disease that includes bone loss. Research also suggests a link between preterm delivery, low birthweight babies, and gingivitis.
    • Morning sickness can do a number on the mouth. Stomach acid makes its way into the mouth and can weaken tooth enamel—putting expectant moms at a greater risk for cavities.
    • Eating more often during pregnancy is common, but frequent snacking and grazing puts teeth in constant contact with acid in food. This also leads to increased production of acid-loving bacteria, such as Streptococcus mutans, which produce more acid to weaken enamel.
    • Pregnant moms need a prenatal vitamin that contains folic acid to support their babies’ health during pregnancy. When choosing a vitamin steer clear of chewy or gummy vitamins, especially if you are eating them after brushing teeth or before bed. They stick on the teeth and most contain sugar that can damage teeth.

    How Mom’s Oral Health Can Be Traced To Baby’s Health

    A mom’s oral health is connected to the health of her unborn baby–and it can all be traced to the bacteria in her mouth.

    • When a pregnant woman has excessive bacteria growth in her mouth, it can enter the bloodstream through her gums and travel to the uterus—triggering the production of chemicals called prostaglandins—that are suspected to induce premature labor.
    • After baby arrives, mom can potentially pass her bacteria on to her newborn (called vertical transmission). So, a mom who has lots of acid-loving bacteria in her mouth will pass higher numbers of those bacteria to her newborn.

    Brushing Teeth Can Reduce The Risk Of Pregnancy Complications

    Expectant mothers who brush their teeth thoroughly can reduce the risk of suffering dangerous complications in pregnancy and take a step towards reducing risk of future dental infection in their newborn baby. Brush with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and after each meal when possible. You also should floss each day.

    Good nutrition keeps the oral cavity healthy and strong; sensible, balanced meals containing calcium and limited excess acidity and sugar are best for you and your baby’s oral health. More frequent cleanings from the dentist also will help control plaque and prevent gingivitis

    Remember…

    A mom whose oral health isn’t great is more likely to pass aggressive and damaging bacteria to her newborn and that can cause trouble down the road (think about a 2-year-old having to have a cavity filled). So, while eating the right foods, avoiding the wrong ones (e.g., candy, cookies, and other sticky foods) and making all sorts of sacrifices to make their baby perfect, moms need to keep their oral health a top priority. And, make sure to visit your dental provider for regular check-ups.

    ​It may not seem like it at the time, but when mom is brushing her teeth, she’s brushing for two!

    When Children Begin To Lose Their Baby Teeth

    When Children Begin To Lose Their Baby Teeth

    Erupting permanent teeth cause the roots of baby teeth to be reabsorbed so that by the time they are loose there is little holding them in place beside a small amount of tissue. Most children lose their baby teeth in this order:

    • Baby teeth ordinarily are shed first at about age 6 when the incisors, the middle teeth in front, become loose.
    • Molars, in the back, are usually shed between ages 10 and 12, and are replaced with permanent teeth by about age 13.

    Children usually wiggle their teeth loose with their tongues or fingers, eager to hide them under their pillow for the “tooth fairy.” If your child wants you to pull out the already loose tooth, grasp it firmly with a piece of tissue or gauze and remove it with a quick twist. Occasionally, if a primary tooth is not loosening sufficiently on its own, your child’s dentist may suggest extracting it.

    If your child loses his baby teeth by decay or accident too early, his permanent teeth can erupt prematurely and come in crooked because of limited space. According to orthodontists, 30 percent of their cases have their origins in the premature loss of baby teeth.

    How Can I Be Sure His Adult Teeth Stay Healthy?

    Brushing And Flossing

    Your child may need some help brushing until he is between ages 7 and 10. Even if his intentions are good, he may not have the dexterity to clean his teeth well. Ideally, the teeth should be brushed within five minutes to 10 minutes after eating. Also, for long-term dental health, your child needs to care for his gums as well; he should be taught to floss regularly, preferably once a day, in order to help prevent gum (or periodontal) disease in adulthood.

    A tartar-control toothpaste can help keep plaque from adhering to your child’s teeth. Also, fluoride in the toothpaste can strengthen the exposed outer enamel of the youngster’s teeth and help prevent cavities. Fluoride also has been added to the water supply in many cities. If your own tap water has less than the recommended levels of this nutrient, your pediatrician may suggest that you add fluoride to your child’s diet beginning at age 6 months, often as part of a vitamin supplement. Fluoride treatment should continue until age 16. Ask your doctor or dentist for guidance.

    Dental Checkups

    Make sure your youngster has dental checkups twice a year for cleaning, as well as for X-rays as recommended by your dentist. Parents may choose to utilize a pedodontist, a dentist with special interest and expertise in children’s dentistry. Regular preventive appointments will significantly decrease your child’s chances of ever having to undergo major dental treatment. Also, contact your dentist whenever your child complains of a toothache. This pain could be a sign of a decayed tooth. Until the dentist can see your child, treat the pain with acetaminophen by mouth.

    Preventing Cavities

    Your dentist may also suggest placing sealants on your child’s molars. These thin plastic coatings prevent plaque from accumulating and becoming trapped in the pits and fissures of the teeth. They are appropriate for all rear teeth that have grooves in them, and because they are extremely successful in preventing cavities, they are cost-effective too. Sealants may need to be reapplied during adolescence. With a combination of sealants and fluoride treatment, the incidence of cavities can be reduced by 90 percent.

    Diet can also play a role in healthy teeth. In particular, minimize your child’s contact with high-sugar and sticky sweets and other carbohydrates. Cut back on snacking on sweets between meals, when these foods are more likely to linger in the mouth without brushing.

    Source: healthychildren.org

    Baby Teething Pain

    Baby Teething Pain

    Discomfort from teething, which may begin as early as 3 months, can wake a baby. The gums around the emerging teeth may be swollen and tender.

    How To Ease Your Baby’s Teething Pain:

    Chew Toys

    • Plastic and rubber toys are great for soothing aching gums. Note: Teething necklaces and bracelets are made of amber, wood, marble or silicone are choking and strangulation hazards; the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns against them.

    Cold Things

    • For help numbing and easing the ache and inflammation, try using damp washcloths that have been twisted and frozen (tie one end in a knot for better gnawing). Avoid teething rings that are frozen solid; they are too hard for children’s mouths.

    Massage

    • A light, gentle rub or massage might give your little one a lot of relief. Remember to wash your hands, then massage the sore areas in your baby’s mouth with your finger or knuckle.

    Side Effects Of Teething:

    Fever, Vomiting, Diarrhea

    • When your baby’s teeth are coming through, she may also have a very slight increase in temperature. But if her temperature reaches 100.4°F (38°C) or above, it’s not because of teething. If your baby has symptoms such as fever, vomiting, or diarrhea while teething, consult your pediatrician to find out whether she has a medical condition requiring treatment.

    Keep Usual Bedtime Routine:

    If your teething baby is irritable, try to make her comfortable, but keep to your usual bedtime routine. Changing the routine, even for a few nights, may only lead to sleep troubles.

    Teething: 4 To 7 Months

    Teething: 4 To 7 Months

    Teething usually starts during these months. The two front teeth (central incisors), either upper or lower, usually appear first, followed by the opposite front teeth. The first molars come in next, followed by the canines or eyeteeth.

    The Timing Of Teething

    There is great variability in the timing of teething. If your child doesn’t show any teeth until later than this age period, don’t worry. The timing may be determined by heredity, and it doesn’t mean that anything is wrong.

    How To Ease Your Baby’s Discomfort

    Teething occasionally may cause mild irritability, crying, a low-grade temperature (but not over 101 degrees Fahrenheit or 38.3 degrees Celsius), excessive drooling, and a desire to chew on something hard. More often, the gums around the new teeth will swell and be tender. Try gently rubbing or massaging the gums with one of your fingers. Teething rings are helpful, too, but they should be made of firm rubber. (The teethers that you freeze tend to get too hard and can cause more harm than good.) Pain relievers and medications that you rub on the gums are not necessary or useful since they wash out of the baby’s mouth within minutes. Some medication you rub on your child’s gums can even be harmful if too much is used and the child swallows an excessive amount. Stay away from teething tablets that contain the plant poison belladonna and gels with benzocaine. Belladonna and benzocaine are marketed to numb your child’s pain, but the FDA has issued warnings against both due to potential side effects. If your child seems particularly miserable or has a fever higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit (38.3 degrees Celsius), it’s probably not because she’s teething, and you should consult your pediatrician.

    How Should You Clean The New Teeth?

    Simply brush them with a soft child’s toothbrush when you first start seeing her teeth. To prevent cavities, never let your baby fall asleep with a bottle, either at nap time or at night. By avoiding this situation, you’ll keep milk from pooling around the teeth and creating a breeding ground for decay.

    How To Prevent Tooth Decay In Your Baby

    How To Prevent Tooth Decay In Your Baby

    Baby teeth are important. If baby teeth are lost too early, the teeth that are left may move and not leave any room for adult teeth to come in. Also, if tooth decay is not prevented, it can be costly to treat, cause pain, and lead to life-threatening infections.

    Tooth decay (called early childhood caries) is the most common chronic infectious disease of childhood. Tooth decay may also be called nursing caries or baby bottle tooth decay.

    Healthy dental habits should begin early because tooth decay can develop as soon as the first tooth comes in. Here is information for parents and caregivers from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about causes of tooth decay, signs of tooth decay, and how to prevent tooth decay.

    Signs Of Tooth Decay In Babies

    Tooth decay might first appear as white spots at the gum line on the upper front teeth. These spots are hard to see at first—even for a child’s doctor or dentist—without proper equipment. A child with tooth decay needs to be examined and treated early to stop the decay from spreading and to prevent further damage.

    How To Prevent Tooth Decay In Babies

    Take The Following Steps To Prevent Tooth Decay:

    • Take good care of your own oral health even before your baby is born. It is important and OK to see a dentist for oral care while you are pregnant.
    • Whether you choose to breastfeed or bottle-feedit is important to take good care of your baby’s teeth.
      • Birth to 12 months: Keep your baby’s mouth clean by gently wiping the gums with a clean baby washcloth. Once you see the first teeth, gently brush using a soft baby toothbrush and a smear (grain of rice) of fluoride toothpaste.
      • 12 to 36 months: Brush your child’s teeth 2 times per day for 2 minutes. Use a smear of fluoride toothpaste until your child’s third birthday. The best times to brush are after breakfast and before bed.
    • Never put your child to bed with a bottle or food. This not only exposes your child’s teeth to sugars but can also put your child at risk for ear infections and choking.
    • Do not use a bottle or sippy cup as a pacifier or let your child walk around with or drink from one for long periods. If your child wants to have the bottle or sippy cup in between meals, fill it with only water.
    • Check to see if your water is fluoridated. Your child will benefit from drinking water with fluoride in it. If your tap water comes from a well or another non-fluoridated source, your child’s doctor or dentist may want to have a water sample tested for natural fluoride content. If your tap water does not have enough fluoride, your child’s doctor or dentist may prescribe a fluoride supplement. He or she may also apply fluoride varnish to your child’s teeth to protect them from decay.
    • Teach your child to drink from a regular cup as soon as possible, preferably by 12 to 15 months of age. Drinking from a cup is less likely to cause liquid to collect around the teeth. Also, a cup cannot be taken to bed.
    • If your child must have a bottle or sippy cup for long periods, fill it with water only. During car rides, offer only water if your child is thirsty.
    • Limit the amount of sweet or sticky foods your child eats, such as candy, gummies, cookies, Fruit Roll-Ups, or cookies. Sugar is in foods like crackers and chips too. These foods are especially bad if your child snacks on them a lot. They should be eaten only at mealtime. Teach your child to use his tongue to clean food immediately off the teeth.
    • Serve juice only during meals or not at all. The AAP does not recommend juice for babies younger than 6 months. If juice is given to babies between 6 to 12 months, it should be limited to 4 ounces per day and should be diluted with water (half water, half juice). For children 1 to 6 years, any juice served should be limited to 4 to 6 ounces per day.
    • Make an appointment to have your child see the dentist before the age of 1. If you have concerns, the dentist can see your child sooner. The dentist will look inside of your child’s mouth, apply fluoride varnish, and talk with you about how to keep her healthy.

    Remember

    Tooth decay can be prevented. Talk with your child’s doctor or dentist if you see any sign of decay in your child’s teeth or if you have questions about your child’s teeth. With the right care, your child can grow up to have healthy teeth for a lifetime of smiles.

    The AAP Recommends That:

    • All infants receive oral health risk assessments during well-child visits starting at 6 months of age and periodic fluoride varnish application from the time the first tooth erupts through 5 years of age.
    • All children should be referred to a dentist as early as 6 months of age to establish a dental home. If a dentist is not available, talk with your pediatrician about how to maintain your child’s oral health and find a dental home.
    • All children in their early toddler years should have a thorough initial dental examination and regular dental care whenever possible.
    • Parents should limit food and drink exposure over the course of the day to 3 meals and 2 snacks (with healthy food choices and limited juice). More frequent exposure to sugars in foods and drinks makes it more likely that children will develop decay.
    • Parents should brush their children’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as they can see the first tooth coming in (erupting).

    Breastfeeding After Your Baby Gets Teeth

    Breastfeeding After Your Baby Gets Teeth

    Your baby’s first tooth probably will appear after six months, though some babies are born with one or more teeth and in other cases teeth don’t appear until the child is almost a year old. Many mothers decide that it’s time to stop breastfeeding when they first notice a tooth. Usually this is because the baby has nipped the breast at the end of a feeding session or because the mother fears she will be bitten. Yet many babies with teeth (or those who are teething) never bite when breastfeeding.

    Did You Know: An actively nursing baby will not bite, because her tongue covers her lower teeth. A baby who nips the breast as he starts to pull away near the end of a feeding can be taught to stop. Try not to let this minor challenge get in the way of breastfeeding so early in your nursing relationship.

    How To Prevent A Breastfeeding Baby From Biting

    • If your baby has sprouted a tooth and you are concerned that she may nip you as a feeding ends: Keep your finger ready to break the suction and remove your breast as soon as her rhythmic suckling stops (and before she starts to drift off or feel playful).
    • If she has already bitten: Say no firmly and then remove her from your breast. Try to keep this action as bland and matter-of-fact as possible. Too much anger or even amusement may interest her enough to make her want to repeat the experiment again. Once she realizes that biting means no more breast, she will learn to stifle the impulse. (Meanwhile, don’t forget to offer her a one-piece teething ring when she is not nursing.)

    How To Prevent Baby-Bottle Tooth Decay

    Once your baby’s teeth have begun to come in, it is important to keep in mind that even breastfeeding babies are sometimes susceptible to baby-bottle tooth decay (BBTD), a major cause of dental cavities in infants that can also cause serious damage to permanent teeth later on. BBTD results from teeth being coated in almost any liquid other than water for long periods, and occurs most commonly among babies who are put to bed with a bottle of formula or juice.

    Research shows that human milk by itself does not promote tooth decay. But breastfeeding infants who fall asleep while nursing with unswallowed milk in their mouths are also vulnerable to tooth decay. Beyond the first year, dental caries—tooth decay—can occur in toddlers who receive sugary liquids in a bottle or who are nursing and eating foods with sugar and carbohydrates. Make a point of removing your breast from your baby’s mouth once she has fallen asleep.

    Tips To Promote Dental Health Right From The Start

    Your dentist will check your baby’s teeth during the first year of life and beyond.

    • To stimulate healthy gums and good oral hygiene: Wipe the gums at least once a day, beginning at birth, even before any teeth have erupted in your child’s mouth.
    • After teeth erupt: Wiping her gums and teeth with a piece of gauze or a damp cloth after feedings and before bedtime will help maintain good oral hygiene.
    • Once you are able brushing: Start using a smear (grain of rice sized) amount of fluoridated toothpaste and a soft bristled, child-sized toothbrush for daily cleaning (two times per day).
      • Fluoride is an important way to protect your child’s teeth from cavities. Your pediatrician or dentist can help guide you on the optimal amount of fluoride for your child. It is important to use fluoridated toothpaste in the appropriate amounts for age, drink water with fluoride (most tap water), and have your child’s pediatrician or dentist apply fluoride varnish as needed.
    • Try to take your baby to the dentist by age 1: You can form a relationship with your dentist to help keep your baby’s mouth healthy.

    Give Your Baby The Best Possible Start

    Give Your Baby The Best Possible Start

    Taking care of your mouth—and your baby’s—is one of the easiest ways to help your baby right from the start. When you’re pregnant, you may be more prone to gum disease and cavities, which can impact your baby’s health. If you already have an infant, her tiny teeth matter! Caring for them now sets her up for a lifetime of good oral health.

    Check out these easy steps to protect her tiny teeth at any stage.

    You’re Pregnant!

    See a dentist before you deliver. You may be more prone to gum disease and cavities when you’re pregnant—and having them can affect your baby’s health. Also, when your baby arrives, you could pass that bad bacteria from your mouth to hers and increase her likelihood of getting cavities too. Seeing a dentist while pregnant is totally safe—and it’s good to get this done before your hands are full (literally) with your new baby.

    Brush twice a day and floss once a day. This is the best way to prevent bad bacteria from growing that can be passed to your baby once they’re born.

    If you’re having morning sickness, rinse your mouth with 1 tsp of baking soda in a glass of water after you get sick. This helps wash the acid away and keep your tooth’s enamel safe.

    You’re A New Mom!

    Even if you can’t see them yet, those tiny teeth are there—hiding just beneath the gums. Make sure to take care of them right from the start.

    Wipe the gums twice a day with a soft, clean cloth—in the morning after the first feeding and right before bed. That helps wipe away bacteria and sugars that can cause cavities.

    Once her first tooth comes in, start brushing her teeth twice a day with a smear (rice-grain sized) amount of toothpaste.

    Take your baby to the dentist by her first birthday. It’s the best way to spot signs of problems early. If you don’t have a dentist, ask your pediatrician to check out your baby’s mouth and help you find one.

    Pregnancy And Oral Health: Truth Or Fiction?

    Pregnancy And Oral Health: Truth Or Fiction?

    Many beliefs related to pregnancy and oral health have passed from generation to generation.

    Q. Do Women Really Lose A Tooth With Each Pregnancy?

    • A common belief is that women lose a tooth with each pregnancy. But with good oral hygiene and professional oral health care, pregnant women’s teeth can stay healthy.

    Q. Does An Unborn Baby Really Steal His Or Her Mom’s Calcium? 

    • Another common belief is that the unborn baby takes calcium from a woman’s teeth, which causes tooth decay. This is not true. During pregnancy, women may be at greater risk for developing tooth decay because they eat more frequently to prevent nausea. Tooth decay is 100% preventable. But, if left untreated, tooth decay can cause toothaches and can lead to tooth loss.

    Q. Are Pregnant Women Really At A Higher Risk For Gingivitis?

    • When women are pregnant, their bodies go through complicated changes. Many notices that their gums are sore, puffy, and prone to bleeding. These are symptoms of gingivitis, an infection of the gum tissue. Anyone can develop gingivitis. But pregnant women are at higher risk for gingivitis because of hormonal changes. If gingivitis is not treated, it may lead to a more serious gum disease that can, in turn, lead to tooth loss.

    Q. How Can Pregnant Women Prevent Tooth Decay And Gingivitis?

    • The best way for pregnant women to prevent tooth decay and gingivitis is to keep their teeth and gums clean. Brushing with fluoridated toothpaste twice a day, flossing once a day, and getting a professional dental cleaning is the best way to keep pregnant women’s teeth and gums healthy. Avoiding foods that are high in sugar also helps.

    If tooth decay is present, treatment in a dental office is the only way it can be stopped. If tooth decay and gingivitis are prevented or treated, there is no reason for pregnant women to lose teeth.