Pregnant women

Pregnant women with gum disease have an increased risk of preterm delivery and low birth weight. Therefore, it is essential to have a good oral hygiene before and during pregnancy. Pregnant women should avoid certain medications. It requires a consultation with your dentist to ensure the health of the mother and her child.

Breastfeeding

Breast milk is a very nutritious food that improves children health and helps prevent diseases. The baby should be sitting on his/her mother’s knees with the body and head between 45 and 70° and should not be lying in bed. The correct position of the baby during breastfeeding allows him/her to breathe through his/her nose, tighten his/her lips around the nipple, swallow properly and stimulate the development of his/her jaws.
Bottle or breastfeeding in a bad position lets air escape through the mouth leading to mouth breathing.

Thumb or finger sucking

Chronic thumb or finger sucking is a harmful habit that causes the following problems:

  • Narrow Palate
  • Tongue thrust
  • Separate front teeth
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Speech Problem
  • Decreased nasal breathing
  • Mouth breathing

Pacifiers

In general, pacifiers are used to prevent thumb sucking which is harmful for child’s health. However, standard pacifiers can be as damaging as thumbs when used too often. Special pacifiers are recommended to avoid this problem.

Mouth breathing

Sucking finger, overuse of pacifiers or incorrect position of the baby during breastfeeding can cause space between upper and lower teeth. This space is not only an aesthetic problem, it leads to mouth breathing, extremely damaging for the child and therefore:

  • Lack of oxygen to the brain
  • Snoring
  • Lack of concentration at school
  • Fatigue and dark circles
  • Adenoids
  • Poor posture of the child
  • Grinding of teeth (bruxism)
  • Long face, deep palate, narrow jaw, impacted teeth
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a first visit to orthodontists at age 7.  

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