New moms have many challenges, including taking care of themselves while they caring for a newborn. It is easy to put oneself last on the list, as you barely sleep and find time to eat. But unless you take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of your little one as well either.
Protect your oral health by committing to brush twice a day for two minutes. It’s only four minutes out of your busy day but it will help keep you free from tooth decay and gum disease. It will also lower bacteria levels in your mouth, which is handy if you accidentally stick your baby’s pacifier in your mouth or share a spoon!
Stress is another problem that new moms face, especially when you are lacking sufficient sleep levels. Stress raised tension in the face and neck muscles, which can result in bruxism, where you clench and grind your teeth. This can lead to jaw problems, so find a way to take a breather and rest whenever the opportunity arises. If you find yourself experiencing jaw pain or have frequent headaches you might benefit from wearing a night guard to avoid bruxing in your sleep.
Whether or not you are breastfeeding, hydration is key to a healthy body and a healthy mouth. Indeed, dehydration can result in dry mouth, a condition caused by a lack of saliva production which can invite cavities and gum disease. Drink plenty of liquids, especially water, and your body and smile will thank you!
Our dentist, Dr. Nadia Hamouda is ready to help you keep your smile healthy during this monumental time. You can reach our White Pearl Dentistry team in Ann Arbor, Michigan, by calling 734-222-0055. We will help you look after your smile for the care you deserve!