I am on several medications that I take daily for a variety of health problems. I am on so many medications off and on that it is sometimes hard to remember them all. One day, I was visiting a new specialist, and I forgot to write down one of my current medications on the new patient form. I was given a prescription, and just after he wrote it I remembered the medication I forgot and told him. He said it was a good thing I remembered when I did, because the new prescription he was going to give me would have interacted with it. I now keep a current list of all medications I am on that I update every time there is a change. I created this blog to encourage others to make lists of their own to keep handy, because some medication interactions can be deadly.
As a parent, you naturally want to protect and raise your baby so that they grow up to be a thriving, healthy child. You make taking care of their health and development your top priority. Although it might seem like it is ages away, it is never too early to start thinking about your baby's oral health. Even before your baby's teeth start coming in, you can take steps to ensure that your baby will have positive oral health by taking small, everyday steps. Here are three ways to ensure that your baby will grow up with a healthy smile.
Start brushing your baby's gums as soon as they start teething.
Your baby starts to model your behavior within months. What they observe as a young baby can carry into their childhood and into adulthood. It is important to model healthy habits for your child, as it reinforces their importance and increase the likelihood that they will follow your established behaviors. Start brushing your baby's gums with a soft-bristled toothbrush and warm water as soon as they start teething. Erupting teeth leave the gums open and vulnerable to a bacterial infection, so it is especially important to keep your baby's mouth clean.
Do not share eating utensils or drinks with your baby.
This may sound surprising, but sharing food with your baby can lead to their early development of tooth decay, especially from adults that have a history and predisposition for cavities. A harmful strain of bacteria called Streptococcus mutans is transferred via saliva. Once in your baby's mouth, the bacteria acts newly erupted teeth, which are especially vulnerable to decaying agents because of the brand new, soft enamel. If you decide to share food with a child from your own plate, make sure that you have not had any of it in your mouth. Set aside some eating utensils specifically for feeding your child.
Take your child to the dentist by their first birthday.
The Canadian Dental Association recommends that you take your baby to their first dental appointment within six months of getting their first tooth or by their first birthday. Visits to the dentist early in childhood teach your baby that the dentist is nothing to be afraid of. Further, regular visits to the dentist starting early in childhood help you to make sure that you are effectively cleaning your baby's mouth at home, therefore reducing their risk of tooth decay and gum disease.Share