New & Expectant Parents
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children should have their first dental visit with a pediatric dentist by age one. Children who begin seeing a pediatric dentist as infants and toddlers have a greater chance of preventing cavities and may avoid costly restorative dental procedures. Besides reducing anxiety, starting dental visits early in a child’s life helps establish dental check-ups as part of the routine for healthy kids.
If you are a parent of a child age 14 months and younger and are considering our practice for your child’s oral care, call us to request a Complimentary Well Child Dental Visit. If your child is older than 14 months, please contact us at 410-569-6700 (Bel Air) or 410-697-9000 (White Marsh). You may also Email Growing Smiles for appointment information for your child’s first visit.
Information about brushing and flossing, fluoride, toothpaste, sealants, and nutrition for healthy teeth is found on our FAQs page.
For expectant moms, caring for you means caring for two. Due to the physical connection you share, your baby can be affected by not only the foods you eat but also the environment in which you live, work, and play. Here are some ways that you can take control of your oral health (mouth and teeth) during your pregnancy:
- Let your dentist know that you are pregnant.
- Inform your doctor/dental provider if you experience frequent vomiting due to “morning-sickness” as this may cause damage to your teeth.
- Discuss with your doctor/dental provider any problems with your gums which can swell, bleed, and/or trap food and become irritated due to your raised hormone levels.
- Schedule a preventative dental exam/cleaning for yourself prior to the birth of your baby.
- Postpone elective and/or non-emergency dental work until the second trimester or until after delivery.
- Maintain healthy circulation and refrain from crossing your legs while you sit in the dental chair.