Dental advice for mom

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BEING a mom is hard work. You go to great lengths to make sure that your child is happy and healthy. However, moms sometimes forget that their smile deserves the same kind of care and attention.

As you balance parenting, work, and running a home, it’s also important to take care of yourself. As part of celebrating your journey through motherhood, here are some tips to help all amazing moms keep their smiles healthy.

For future and new mothers

Adopting a child or expecting a baby can be one of the most defining events in a woman’s life. And, considering the many things to take care of, sleep might not be the first thing she thinks of.

Losing only a few hours of sleep can affect the health of your bones and the regeneration of bone tissue, which impacts your teeth and gums. It is common for pregnant women to experience mild to moderate gum disease, so regular dental visits are important and should not be ignored.

When it comes to minerals, every pregnant woman should think about calcium and magnesium. These are the main minerals in your baby’s bones, and they also help in the development of baby’s bones and teeth.

Calcium helps your body build and maintain strong, healthy bones. It is also important for many other bodily functions, such as supporting the nervous and muscular functions of the body. Magnesium is also known to reduce problems such as headaches, leg cramps, teeth grinding and promote restful sleep. Calcium and magnesium can also be taken as a supplement or absorbed through the skin via creams, oils and bath salts.

For moms with older children

Mothers of young children know how time seems to go by. Between school, activities and dates, the clock is ticking faster than you can blink. With more to deal with on their own, mothers can put their health needs aside and delay things like regular check-ups with the doctor and dentist.

Even with the busy schedule, we strongly encourage moms to take time for themselves to maintain good oral health.

For “experienced” mothers and grandmothers

As women age, they face changes in their hormones and other factors that increase the risk of bone loss and gum disease. A healthy diet and lifestyle are important for your smile.

From stress to sleep, anything you do will affect the condition of your teeth. Eating a healthy diet rich in calcium and magnesium is always important, just as exercising and minimizing stress can help optimize the aging process and overall well-being. But with age, women begin to lose bone mass. Bone loss often begins in the jawbone, which means older women may have dentures, partial dentures, or implants that require more attention than their natural teeth. This is why it is important that women visit their dentist regularly for check-ups.

Dental advice for mom

1. Eliminate Stress: Studies show that reducing stress dramatically improves oral health. Stress can lead to teeth grinding and clenching, as well as promoting cavities, canker sores and cold sores. Yoga and meditation can be helpful tactics for reducing stress.

2. Brush and Floss Correctly: I know we’ve heard this time and time again, but good oral hygiene can help you live a healthier, happier life. By brushing gently for two minutes each time, then flossing afterwards, it will help remove cavities that build up between the teeth as well as gingivitis.

3. Make time for dental appointments: It is recommended that you make regular dental visits every six months. This is the most important advice because it is the most effective preventive measure, just like brushing and flossing. Along with regular dental visits for you and your family, this can prevent future dental problems and emphasizes the importance of dental hygiene for your children.

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Dr Sharon Robinson, DDS, has offices at Dental Place Cosmetix Spa, located at store # 5, Winchester Business Center, 15 Hope Road, Kingston 10. Dr Robinson is a lecturer at the University of Technology, Jamaica, School oral health sciences. She can be contacted at 876-630-4710.

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