It almost Mother’s Day!
A time to show your mom how much you appreciate her and everything she has ever done for you........as if we need a day for this!
So what exactly is a mother? As defined by the Urban Dictionary a mother is -
Mom: The woman who loves you unconditionally from birth, the one who puts her kids before herself and the one who you can always count on above everyone else -- Urban Dictionary.
You heard it here ‘the one who puts her kids before herself' this is why us moms have to set some time aside to focus on ourselves and our health including our dental health!
Between running the kids to school, dance, hockey, appointments and finding the time to help them with homework, where’s the time for us? Sometimes it feels like there’s not enough hours in the day. We cannot let this be an excuse because we are important too and so is our dental health. From the time we have our little bun in the oven to the time our children are grown here is why regular visits to the dentist are so important:
Hormones are changing and because of this you may notice increased gingivitis (inflammation and bleeding of the gums )
If left untreated this can lead to periodontal disease and tooth loss
Studies have shown that there is a link between gum disease and premature birth/birth weight in
Busy moms can be prone to gingivitis, gum disease and tooth decay as we may feels rushed with all the tasks we need to do
Brush at least 2 times per day and be sure to floss (keep a travel toothbrush in your purse if needed)
Drink plenty of water
Make healthy choices when planning meals
Avoid sugary drinks and foods
Hormones come in to play again
As we age we have an increased risk for bone loss and gum disease
It is important to have a diet rich in calcium and magnesium
Certain conditions or medications can cause dry mouth. Without sufficient saliva this may lead to tooth decay
Gum recession is common and can leave exposed roots which are more susceptible to decay
What ever stage of motherhood you are in, it’s always important to follow a regular dental hygiene regimen at home and regular dental hygiene visits are crucial for prevention . Your dentist can diagnose tooth and gum issues before they get worse