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Women’s Hormones and Oral Health

You already know how your hormones can affect your weight, mood and sex drive, but have you ever considered their effect on your oral health? Hormonal changes that affect women throughout life can impact your dental health considerably. Knowing how they can affect you and how to maintain an optimal level of oral health can help a lot. Also, here at West Bowmanville Family Dental, every patient’s preventative oral care plan is carefully customized, so we can always help you maintain an optimal level of oral health no matter your age or stage of life. How Can Hormones Affect Oral Health? The hormones estrogen and progesterone can increase the risk of gum disease because they cause more blood to flow to your gums. The increased blood flow makes your gums more sensitive and more prone to react to anything that could irritate them, for example, a buildup of plaque and…

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Sep 6, 2019 by
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Looking After Your Smile During Pregnancy

Are you expecting a brand-new family member? Congratulations! Many women will try to be their healthiest possible in preparation for pregnancy, and this should include excellent dental health. An increasing number of clinical studies have shown possible links between poor gum health during pregnancy and low birthweight or premature babies. Ideally, it is best to visit a dentist in Newcastle before becoming pregnant, just in case you do need any more complicated treatment that is best provided before pregnancy, but otherwise book a checkup as soon as you find out the happy news. Regular Preventative Dental Care is Essential During Pregnancy During your pregnancy, it’s perfectly safe for you to receive preventative dental care. Make sure your dentist knows you are pregnant and be sure to tell them about any medications or supplements. Your Clarington dentist can use this information to devise the most suitable preventative dental care plan for…

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Jul 20, 2018 by
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Dental Work During Pregnancy

If you are expecting or have questions about dental care and safety issues during pregnancy then we have the answers for you. Pregnancy is a delicate time period and there are certain measures we take to ensure your safety. There are obvious restrictions such no smoking or drinking but how does dental health relate? Should you wait or is it safe to have dental work during pregnancy? According to the American Pregnancy Association, annual check up exams and preventive cleaning appointments are safe and highly recommended during your pregnancy. During your pregnancy, hormone levels rise and cause your gums to bleed or become more irritated. This is compounded by food caught between the teeth. By following a preventive routine during your pregnancy, you can avoid infections and gum disease. We highly recommend visiting every three to four months during your pregnancy for cleaning appointments. Dental work while pregnant, such as…

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Jan 26, 2016 by
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Tips for moms, Kids Dentist Bowmanville

Dental disease is an infectious disease. Babies are born without the bacteria that cause cavities. Women with periodontal disease or poor oral hygiene are more likely to pass bacteria to the mouths of their infants. Some ways to prevent passing germs from caregiver to child are: Do Brush and floss regularly Chew sugarless gum with Xylitol Don’t Share utensils or toothbrushes Lick or clean pacifiers with your mouth Prechew food for a child Sugarless Gum with Xylitol Research has found that mothers who chewed sugarless gum, with Xylitol passed less cavity causing bacteria to the mouths of their childre . These children had fewer cavities compared to other children whose mothers did not chew gum with Xylitol. Mothers had to chew the gum 2 to 3 times a day, from 3 months after delivery until the child was 24 months old. In the studies the amount of Xylitol ranged from…

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Jan 26, 2015 by
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Tips for Children and a Healthy Smile Bowmanville

Wipe the inside of babies’ mouth with a clean wash cloth. Start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they appear. Use a soft tooth brush. Do not use toothpaste until your child can spit out on their own. Brush your children’s teeth until they are at least 7 years old. Then supervise their tooth brushing to make sure they are doing a thorough job. Visit the dentist regularly. Babies should have a dental visit by their first birthday. Then visit as often as your dental professional recommends. Do NOT put your baby to bed with a bottle as it can lead to cavities. Sippy cups are no better than a bottle; when the baby can sit up alone give him or her a cup to drink from. Always provide healthy meals and snacks at home and for school. Do not give pop or other sweetened drinks to children. Milk…

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Jan 1, 2015 by
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