STAGES OF DENTAL DEVELOPMENT
Pregnant women are particularly susceptible to gingivitis, or gum disease, which may travel through the blood stream to the uterus, sometimes causing premature labor and lower birth weight. Please make sure you see us regularly during your pregnancy, and pay particular attention to your oral health home care.
Birth To Two – Beginning a few days after birth, clean baby’s gums by gently massaging them with your (clean) finger and later a damp cloth. Letting your baby lie in bed with a bottle of milk or juice can lead quickly to baby bottle tooth decay. The time for your baby’s first dental visit is between the ages of two and three.
Three To Six – Children should learn to brush at least twice daily, and always at bedtime. Teach your child to choose healthy drinks and snacks, and schedule regular preventive checkups with us.
Seven To Twelve – Baby teeth are replaced by the permanent set, so be firm about regular oral health care habits! Set specific times for brushing, accompanied by flossing at least once a day. Mouthguards can protect those precious teeth.
The Teens – Teenagers are more susceptible to tooth decay than adults, usually because of their diet and inadequate oral care. Emphasize the lifelong importance of professional and personal care … and that bad breath can be cured by doing all the boring home care their parents keep harping about!