Maintaining optimal oral health during pregnancy and infancy is crucial for the overall wellbeing of both mother and child. As a dental practice dedicated to comprehensive care, we emphasize the importance of prenatal and infant oral health. By addressing your dental needs early, you can ensure a healthier future for your baby.

Prenatal oral health begins with you. The American Dental Association┬« (ADA) advises that you continue your regular oral care routine throughout your pregnancy. This includes brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily and using an alcohol-free mouthwash. Your oral health can directly impact your baby’s dental health, making it essential to keep up with these habits.

Scheduling a dental checkup early in your pregnancy is key. We recommend seeing our dentist as soon as you know you are expecting and then again around six months later. These visits allow us to monitor your oral health, address any concerns promptly, and provide you with tailored advice for maintaining a healthy smile during your pregnancy. Pregnancy can sometimes cause your gums to swell, increasing the risk of gum disease. Regular dental visits and good oral hygiene can help manage this condition effectively.

Nutrition also plays a significant role in prenatal oral health. A balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals supports both your dental health and your baby’s development. Limit sugary and processed foods and avoid snacking between meals to reduce the risk of tooth decay. If morning sickness is a concern, rinsing your mouth with a mixture of baking soda and water (one teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of warm water) can neutralize stomach acids and protect your tooth enamel.

Infant oral health starts even before your baby’s first tooth appears. Wipe your baby’s gums with a clean, damp cloth after feedings to remove harmful bacteria. Once the first tooth emerges, begin brushing with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste. Schedule your baby’s first dental visit by their first birthday or when the first tooth appears, whichever comes first. Early dental visits help establish a foundation for a lifetime of good oral health.

We invite you to reach out to State Street Dental at 208-939-1700 to make an appointment with Dr. Gregory Davis and learn more about prenatal and infant oral health in Boise, Idaho. Our team is here to support you and your family every step of the way. Together, we can ensure a bright and healthy future for your child’s smile.