Dental Care and Pregnancy

By: Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics  07/31/2014
Keywords: clinton township, macomb, my childs teeth, pediatric dentistry, pediatric dentistry and orthodontic

Moms-to-be have so many things on their minds. They may wonder what day the child will be born, what delivery will be like, or dream about names or what the child will look like, or simply whether they will have a boy or girl. The preparation of the home and baby’s room/nursery may seem endless. But, one of the most important aspects of a healthy pregnancy is mom finding the time, energy, and know-how to take excellent care of her own body and mind. This may be one of the most important gifts moms can give to their soon-to-be son or daughter. Most soon-to-be-parents know that smoking and consuming alcoholic beverages during pregnancy can have significant negative effects on their developing infants, but they may not be as acutely aware of other factors that may be similarly important. An article in “Digital Journal” highlights six factors that are often overlooked by pregnant mothers and how they may effect their developing babies: 1. Between just the sixth and eighth week of prenatal development, primary teeth start to form in the baby’s mouth and the dental arches begin to coalesce (when this is disrupted, that is when clefts of the lip, dental arch, and palate can develop). 2. The mother’s teeth are integral to the future health of her child’s teeth. Untreated tooth decay may make children four times more susceptible to developing a similar condition. 3. A deficiency of calcium, phosphorus and other essential minerals and vitamins could lead to hypoplastic or poorly formed enamel, which is a defect that causes the incomplete formation of dental enamel in an unborn baby’s mouth and an almost certain increase in tooth decay at an early age. 4. A lack of folic acid in pregnant women could result in birth defects in their children. 5. An antibiotic called Tetracycline could lead to a discoloration of the baby’s primary teeth if taken during pregnancy or given to the infant within three months of birth. 6. A required amount of vitamins A, C and D, along with calcium and phosphorus, will benefit a pregnant woman and help maintain the oral health and development of her newborn. Of course, our specialty practice prides itself on our ability to provide “Special Care From The Beginning,” which of course includes helping moms-to-be optimize their own health and oral care to help give infants and children a head-start to outstanding oral health. Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan, the offices of Drs. Delaney, Plunkett, Ralstrom, Makowski, Thanasas, Ker and Associates can provide information and proper consultation for pregnant women so they and their soon-to-be born children can be healthy and sustain healthy as they grow and develop. About Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan, the offices of Drs. Delaney, Plunkett, Ralstrom, Makowski, Thanasas, Ker, and Associates Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan have specialized in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics since 1968. Our family-friendly office gives patients and families a more comfortable and consistent experience with dentistry from the very beginning. The pediatric dentists treat children from newborn to 18 years of age while our orthodontists provide care for both children and adults, including being an Invisalign preferred provider. The ability to treat all special needs patients reaches beyond our facility, which has treatment rooms available for children who require additional privacy. Valued hospital affiliations allow dental services to be performed at DMC Children's Hospital when needed. Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan 39400 Garfield Rd., Suite 200 Clinton Township, MI 48038 586-286-0700 www.mychildsteeth.com

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