A child's dental care really starts with his or her
mother's healthy pregnancy, because baby teeth begin to form before birth. If
you are pregnant, eat a balanced, nutritious diet and be sure to get enough
vitamins and minerals. Pregnant women should have a complete dental exam and
have any cavities or gum disease treated. For more information, see the topic
After birth, good nutrition plays a role in your
baby's dental health, especially if you are breast-feeding. Even before teeth
break through the gum (erupt), you can build good dental health habits:
Your baby's first tooth usually erupts at about 6 months.
Many babies experience some discomfort during teething and may be fussy. For
more information, see the topic Teething.
Keep your child away
from cigarette smoke (secondhand
smoke). Tobacco smoke may contribute to the
development of tooth decay and gum disease.1
American Dental Association (2009). ADA policy on cigarettes and other tobacco products. Available online: http://www.ada.org/news/929.aspx.
January 7, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
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