Oral health is important for moms and babies. Watch our video series and read more below.
Protect Baby's Oral Health Video Series
Click on the images below to link to the videos:
Baby's Oral Health Begins With Mom
Did you know:
- Untreated gum disease may be linked to low birth weight and pre-term birth
- Healthy baby teeth are formed during pregnancy, and development can be impacted by mom's health
- If mom has high levels of untreated tooth decay, her children are 3x's more likely to have tooth decay
- Mother's can unintentionally pass cavity causing bacteria to newborns, increasing the risk for tooth decay for their child
Taking Care of Yourself and Your Oral Health When Pregnant
is Important for Taking Care of Your Baby.
Mom's can protect baby by:
■ Brushing twice a day and flossing once each day
■ Seeing a dentist early in the pregnancy for an exam and cleaning
Prevent Infant Tooth Decay
- Never put your baby ti bed with a bottle
- Brush yor baby's teeth as soon as their first tooth appear
- Avoid actions such as putting your baby's pacifier in your mouth to clean it as that could transfer bacteria from your mouth to your baby's mouth
First Tooth, First Visit
Be sure to visit the dentist because:
■ Problems with baby teeth can cause problems with permanent teeth
■ Tooth decay, even in baby teeth, can significantly impair your child's health and development such as chewing, smiling, and speaking
■ Untreated cavities can cause infection that can spread throughout the body
■ It helps develop a relationship with a dentist when scheduling regular visits
Plan For Healthy Teeth
■ Schedule and attend regular dental visits
- The American Dental Association recommends a visit to the dentist for all ages at least twice a year.
■ Between dental visits:
- Clean your baby's mouth even before teeth appear and switch to a small soft toothbrush once teeth appear
- Begin flossing your child's teeth as soon as two teeth are touching
- At age 2, begin using a small (pea size) amount of flourinated toothpaste, but do not use too much
- Regularly check your child's teeth for signs of problems and decay such as chalky white, brown or black areas on front or back of teeth, and signs of tooth infections
No Dental Insurance?
If your child is 18 or younger and does not have dental coverage, you may qualify for dental coverage through the State of Illinois "All Kids" program.
Find out more about "All Kids" by clicking here.
Apply for "All Kids" online by clicking here or call 1-866-ALL-KIDS (1-866-255-5437).
To find a dentist near you call 2-1-1.