Q: Why do I have more dental problems while I'm pregnant? OR Is it safe to have dental treatment during pregnancy?
A: You must remember that oral disease is no different than any other infection. Another fact to remember is that oral disease is often times a silent disease until it becomes so severe that consequences can be quite significant. During pregnancy, women’s hormone levels change and the gum tissue can become much more sensitive to bacteria. Also, often times diets change during the pregnancy. Therefore, during pregnancy it is essential that good preventative care is practiced, this includes regular check-ups and cleanings. If problems are found, most often they can be treated while they are small and without any risk to the mother or the baby.
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Q: What toothpaste should I use?
A: Walking down the toothpaste isle can certainly be a little intimidating! Your choice really depends on your specific situation. I would classify the needs into three categories:
1.Dentist diagnosed temperature sensitivity
3.Everyday “normal” use
There are multiple brands of toothpastes that incorporate ingredients in their products to effectively address these listed needs. The most important ingredient to look for in a toothpaste is Fluoride [ more info about flouride in toothpaste ] Another great starting point is looking on the toothpaste box for the ADA Seal. This Seal on a product is your assurance that it has met ADA criteria for safety and effectiveness. Also, look for the ADA Seal on toothbrushes, floss, interdental cleaners, oral irrigators, mouth rinses and other oral hygiene products. [ Search for ADA Seal products ]
Q: When should I bring my child in for a dental examination?
A: The American Dental Association recommends that children be seen within 6 months of the first tooth appearing in the child's mouth and no later than their first birthday. I encourage my patients to have their children accompany them to their own teeth cleaning appointments to help them become accustom to the smell, sound, and sight of the dental office. The “baby teeth” play a VERY important role in your child's long term oral health and maintaining these teeth is essential. [ more info ]
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