If you are a new mom, we understand how hard it is to take good care of your mouth while you are busy taking care of a newborn. Moms are the glue that holds everyone together, so finding moments to yourself can be a challenge. But we encourage you to take the time to eat right, sleep when you can, and keep up with your daily oral hygiene.
In just five minutes a day, you can keep your smile strong during this monumental time. Brushing for two minutes twice a day, and flossing once a day can keep cavities and gum disease from infiltrating your smile. These two simple steps can also significantly lower bacteria levels in the mouth, which might just come in handy if you absentmindedly place your baby’s binky in your mouth, or accidentally share a spoon.
Another problem that can crop up with your oral health is due to stress, and what new mother hasn’t experienced plenty of stress?Stress can be particularly harmful if it causes you to clench and grind your teeth as you have elevated tension in the neck and facial muscles. This is called bruxism, which can wear down tooth enamel. So find moments where you can take a breather. Rest when you get a free moment. Ask for help if you need it. And if you have jaw pain or chronic headaches you might look into wearing a night guard while you sleep.
Dehydration can wreak havoc in one’s mouth, not to mention one’s body. Insufficient saliva levels lead to an oral condition called “dry mouth”, and creates favorable conditions for cavities and gum disease to thrive. Keep plenty of fluids close at hand, even something readily available as simple. This will also help when breastfeeding as well. If your tap water has fluoride this can further protect your pearly whites.
Our dentist, Dr. Kenneth Hancock is here to help you protect your smile healthy during this busy time in your life. You can reach our Kenneth Hancock DDS team in Olympia, Washington, by calling 360-464-2099. We are happy to help you receive the quality care your smile deserves!