Investing in Your Baby’s Oral Health

mom and baby newborn careBringing a new baby into the world is definitely a joyous moment and much of the attention is placed on the newborn’s health and well being. But new mothers, there is a chance that your oral health can be compromised during this time.

Japanese researched have looked into breastfeeding habits of various animal populations to see if this could adversely affect the mothers of the newborn baby. Dr. Kanako Shoji, a researcher in the Division of Periodontology and Endodontology at Tohoku University had conducted research on rat population and found evidence indicating that breastfeeding can cause increased bone loss in new mothers. Dr. Shoji found that this was especially true in mothers with insufficient calcium intake. With bone loss, mothers are more susceptible to periodontitis, which is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and bone that support teeth.

Periodontitis is common, but it is quite preventable. A daily habit of brushing and flossing can lessen the risk factor of developing periodontitis, but research is showing that eating well and maintaining a healthy diet can also contribute to decreasing the risk of periodontitis.

Well-balanced meals should include foods from the five major food groups:

  1. Breads, cereals and other grains
  2. Fruits
  3. Vegetables
  4. Meat, fish, poultry and protein alternates
  5. Milk, yogurt and cheese

Everyone, especially new mothers, should be mindful of what they eat. Consuming more dairy products can definitely keep up calcium levels. On top of strengthening bones around teeth, dairy can also keep cavities away!

Adhering to good oral hygiene and maintaining a health diet are both part of the equation towards good oral health. Be proactive in taking care of your teeth through daily brushing and flossing. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questionsContact us today at 781-237-9071 or



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