It’s often said that a mother’s work is never done, and that once a person becomes a parent, the labor of love lasts a lifetime. The same thing could be said about your smile – it should be robust, healthy and last a lifetime.
Mother’s Day kicks off National Women’s Health Week, which runs from May 8 - 14. So today we’re sharing tips on how to help moms keep their smiles healthy through the various stages of parenting, as well as some gift ideas to promote good dental and overall health.
For Expectant and New Moms: Women who are expecting the arrival of a child - as well as new moms - can expect to get a lot less sleep for a while. Less sleep can impact bone health and bone tissue regeneration, which can affect overall health as well as teeth and gums. Mild to moderate gum disease is common in women who are pregnant, so regular dental checkups are vital.
For Moms of Older Children
With all the effort and time spent on raising children, mothers often put their own health needs aside, putting off things like regular checkups with the doctor and dentist. For those who are always on the go, we suggest finding ways to make it as easy as possible to maintain good home oral health care.
With younger children, it can be fun to set aside family time for teeth brushing and flossing. We strongly urge all moms to take time for themselves and schedule regular well-woman visits and dental checkups.
For Seasoned Mothers and Grandmothers
As women age, changes in hormones and other factors can increase the risk for bone loss and gum disease. Stress, sleep and diet all have an impact on oral health and whole-body wellness. A diet rich in Calcium and Magnesium is important, together with a healthy lifestyle. Bone loss often appears first in the jaw, and senior women may have dental work such as implants, partials or dentures that need regular care.
Join dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych in celebrating Mother’s Day and National Women’s Health Week by empowering the women in your life to make their health a priority.