Pregnancy and Babies
How does my oral health affect my baby’s health?
Dental care starts before your baby is born. If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, it is important to schedule your dental appointment. Bacteria associated with gum disease is a risk factor in preterm and low-birth weight (LBW) babies.1 Dental appointments for pregnant women at Honey Dental are specifically tailored to the needs of the pregnant women. Appointments do not include unnecessary non-emergency x-rays for pregnant women. Appointments are kept short to prevent excessive time on the back. However it is important that we play an active role in helping you achieve optimum your oral health during your pregnancy not just for your health but especially your baby!
How does my oral health change DURING pregnancy?
Pregnancy is a wonderful beginning to new life; however, the mother will experience so many changes! Many of the changes in the oral cavity can have lasting consequences.
Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy is due to the hormonal changes, stress, and enhanced smell to odors. During vomiting, stomach acid is introduce into the mouth. Stomach acid has a pH that’s much lower than the threshold pH it takes to dissolve enamel, the protective layer on teeth.1 During vomiting episodes, enamel are briefly weakened. During weakened periods, teeth are more susceptible to damage.
Resources : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19552365
How does my oral health change AFTER pregnancy?
After pregnancy, both mom and dad will experience changes. Mostly in the lack of sleep area. Waking up feeling like “you’ve been hit by a bus” kind of changes. During this time of adjustment to a demanding baby schedule, many parents may begin to neglect themselves in the months or years following the birth of their child. They may start eating more sporadically and forgetting to brush floss and brush teeth. All the dietary changes and behavior changes that follow the birth of a child, can have consequences on the oral health of the parents. Honey Dental understands the roller-coaster you will experience with the arrival of each baby, and we will do everything we can to help guide you and help take care of your mouth while you take care of your newborn.
What if I think my baby is “tongue-tied” because of problems latching on during breast feeding?
One of the most important things that usually happens after the birth of the baby is breast feeding to help create a bond between mother and child, as well as provide immunity for the baby and prevent mastitis in the breast tissue. A physical issue that can prevent this from happening is the lingual frenulum, which is a band of tissue that attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth. This phenomenon is called ankyloglossia, more commonly known as “tongue-tied.” Sometimes this tissue is unnecessarily tight and restricts the tongue from touching the top of the mouth. The tongue is very important for latching on and suckling motion during breast feeding, otherwise, the baby may start damaging the nipple tissue by chewing and also experience weight loss from inefficiency to obtain nutrients from the mother.1
At Honey Dental, we use topical numbing gel and advanced laser technique to remove the excessive band of tissue to relieve the tongue, this procedure is called laser frenectomy. We do not use scalpel or scissors. We specifically invested in having an advanced laser unit because of less chance of reattachment, more comfort for the baby, no post-op bleeding, little post-op chance of infection, fast and efficient treatment, and predictable healing.
Breast feeding is already challenging without the added issue of ankyloglossia, we are a resource to help you and your baby if you ever face this situation. Sometimes this problem may not be detected early, so the child may grow up with slight to severe speech issues due to the tongue’s restricted movement. We would love to evaluate the child or even adult for this procedure that can change his or her life.
What are additional resources that Honey Dental can provide to protect my children?
The children born today will be among the first generations to have average life expectancy beyond 100 years.1 They will need to keep their adult teeth a long time. Good oral habits start early. Having positive and fun experience at the dentist is our top priority when it comes to dental care for children. We want children to enjoy coming to the dentist and develop early positive self-image and good oral hygiene habits.
We also take an extra step in protecting the children of our communities. All children of Honey Dental receives complimentary Toothprints®. This is a powerful and practical tool for parents to keep a record of their children’s distinctive teeth print, DNA sample from saliva that will last indefinitely and most importantly their unique scent can last up to 9 years. This tool can help police dogs track down missing children by following their unique scent. Identical twins do not have identical tooth prints or scent. This procedure does not cause any discomfort to the child, but must be done in a sterile environment so that no other DNA or scent is mixed with your child’s unique tooth prints.
We take an initial imprint between ages 3 to 5 to capture all primary teeth. Then update a second imprint between ages 7 to 9 after some front and back adult teeth have erupted. Then a third imprint between ages 12 to 14 after all adult teeth have erupted. The Toothprints® will be securely stored in a sterile bag that you will take home and store in a dry and safe place, such as your safe, along with a recent photograph. We hope you never have to use it, but if you are ever in a situation where you don’t know where you child is, you will have a powerful tool for the police to help track down your child.
We serve nearby communities from our location near Wal-Mart on US 380, including but not limited to: Cross Roads, Providence Village, Paloma Creek, Savannah, Krugerville, Aubrey, Little Elm, Oak Point, Sanger, Pilot Point, Celina, and Prosper.