Although your child has not even been born, there are things that you can do while pregnant that may help reduce your child’s risk for dental decay. Good oral health during pregnancy is important for children to develop healthy teeth. Many studies now have linked a parent’s oral health with a child’s risk of developing cavities. Things such as active decay, poor oral hygiene, or poor diet can affect the developing baby teeth in the fetus. Things such as pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, or stress can also have effects on the developing baby teeth. It is important for parents to maintain a good diet and excellent oral health during pregnancy to help insure that their child’s teeth develop normally.
It is also important once your child is born to help minimize the transmission of bacteria from parent to child. Those parents or primary caregivers with poor oral health, or active decay are now encouraged to not share cups, toothbrushes, or pacifiers. These are all methods by which parents can transmit cavity causing bacteria from their mouth to their child.
Many new studies have shown that parents that use chlorhexidine rinses or chew gum with Xylitol, can reduce their own bacterial levels, and have a lower chance of transmitting cavity causing bacteria to their children. If you are pregnant, or have a newborn child, please ask your dentist about these alternatives.
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Dr. Donna Thomas was born and raised in the Kansas City area. She attended St. Mary’s high school and Rockhurst College. She received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1992 from University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Dentistry. Following graduation, Dr. Thomas completed a 2-year Pediatric Dental Residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha where she also obtained a Masters Degree. Read More...
Dr. Nicole Hawkinson was raised in central Iowa and attended Luther College where she received a degree in biology. She then attended the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry, where she completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Hawkinson went on to continue her education and received a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry at Strong Memorial Hospital and the University of Rochester, NY. She received extensive training in child psychology, dental trauma, sedation, hospital dentistry and development. Read More...
Dr. Claudia Lopez is originally from Bogotá, Colombia. She graduated first in her class at the El Bosque University of Dentistry. In 1992, she moved to the United States and obtained a certification in Pediatric Dentistry from New York University College of Dentistry. Dr. Lopez completed a DDS certificate and one year of dental research fellowship training at Children’s Mercy Hospital and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. Read More...
Dr. Frank Crist attended Park Hill High School where he graduated in 1982. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Kansas State University in 1986 and went on to attend the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Dentistry where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 1990. Dr. Crist completed a General Practice Residency at the Miami Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida. Read More...
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