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 examination 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 (second-hand
smoke). Tobacco smoke may contribute to the
development of tooth decay and gum disease.footnote 1
American Dental Association (2009). ADA policy on cigarettes and other tobacco products
. Available online: http://www.ada.org/news/929.aspx.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineBrian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerArden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine & Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
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