Moms with young infants often don’t take the time they need to care for their health like they did before their little one arrived. For example, something as simple as brushing their own teeth often takes a backseat, much less brushing the recommended two times a day.
Not caring for your smile properly may result in tooth decay and gum disease. So, it’s imperative to take the time every day to brush twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day. You don’t want to share a utensil with your baby and transfer oral bacteria into your baby’s mouth.
Mom’s also have a lot of stress which is displayed by tension in the head and neck muscles. This can result in grinding of the teeth, or bruxism. Even trouble sleeping can cause more stress and teeth grinding, resulting in further jaw problems.
Staying properly hydrated is key for a healthy body and mouth, and even more so when you are breastfeeding. When you are chronically hydrated, you can end up with dry mouth, which exposes you to gum disease and cavities. Keep your saliva glands hydrated for a healthier smile.
Be sure to take good care of yourself as you take care of your little one because they depend on you. Our dentist, Dr. Christopher J. Hall is happy to help you with all of your oral health needs. You can reach our Hays Dental Group, LLC team in Bozeman, Montana, by calling 406-586-2117.