HEALTH During pregnancy: From the beginning of pregnancy until your body’s hormone levels return to normal, pregnancy gingivitis is a common condition we see in the mouth. Moderate inflammation and bleeding is normal but it is still recommended that you visit the dentist for routine cleanings to control these manifestations. During the 2nd trimester, some women may grow a bump on their gums, known as a “pregnancy tumor” –this is a benign overgrowth of gum tissue between the teeth and commonly resolves after the baby is delivered. While pregnant, dental x-rays are safe for both the mother and child during all trimesters. Dental x-rays are part of the diagnosis process and are commonly recommended if a dental problem arises.
FA M I LY P L A N N I N G C A N B E A V E R Y exciting and busy time in a person’s
life. Among doctors’ appointments and setting up the nursery, it is still crucial to routinely visit the dentist before the baby arrives. Cleanings and certain dental procedures can be provided safely during pregnancy. Seeing your dentist can also help with any dental symptoms you may be experiencing. It is important to inform your dental team that you are pregnant and how far along you may be. Knowing what to expect may provide peace of mind during a busy time in a mother’s life.
Birth to 2 years old: Infants
will usually get their lower bottom two front teeth around 6 months; sometimes this varies child-to-child. By age 2, a child should have all 20 primary teeth but like the first tooth, this may vary as well. Getting your baby used to the feeling of a toothbrush in their mouth and on their gums is recommended. It is safe to use a pea-size amount of toothpaste as soon as the teeth start to come in through the gums to prevent tooth decay.
Dr. Claire Papp, DMD, is an associate at White and Haines Advanced Dentistry located at 9725 Caldwell Commons Circle in Cornelius. You can reach the dentistry team at 704.896.9535 or give them a virtual visit at www. drswhiteandhaines.com.
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Common antibiotics prescribed in dentistry, such as Penicillin, Amoxicillin, and a few others, are safe for a mother to use while pregnant. Tetracycline is an antibiotic that is strongly advised against due to the toxicity and high risk of teeth discoloration in the developing child. Certain dental anesthetics used to numb patients to keep them comfortable during dental procedures are also safe for the mother and her unborn baby.
A child’s first dental visit should
be at age 1 or within 6 months of their first tooth, whichever comes first, according to the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry. It is imperative to expose your child to dental visits to allow them to become accustomed to the appointment, sounds, smells, and dental environment.
Around 6 years old a
child’s first adult tooth or teeth come(s) in behind the set of baby teeth. This impressionable age is a great time to establish a daily oral hygiene routine at home to create a healthy environment for the rest of the adult teeth that follow. As the baby teeth become loose and adult teeth start to come in, it is common to notice your child grinding. This is similar to infant teething and is considered normal until around the pre-teen years. w WRITER DR. CLAIRE PAPP, DMD
May 2021 Lake Norman Woman Magazine