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Oral care that fits your life

(NC) April is National Oral Health Month and it's the perfect time to take a closer look at your entire family's oral care routine. Because a healthy mouth is part of a healthy body it's important that you follow a dentist recommended oral care routine.

Expecting Moms

Pregnancy can cause changes in your oral health. Many women experience bleeding and sore gums while pregnant because their bodies produce more of the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (better known as HCG). This hormone makes gums more sensitive and can lead to 'pregnancy gingivitis.' In fact, 70 per cent of all pregnant women suffer from inflamed gums – a sign of gingivitis. I recommend using multi benefit toothpastes like Crest Pro-Health Clinical Gum Protection Toothpaste. Its formula protects against plaque, tartar, gingivitis, cavities and tooth sensitivity, while also whitening teeth and freshening breath.

Babies 4 – 24 months

Parents should begin by cleaning their newborn baby's gums with a damp and soft washcloth after breast or bottle feeding. When your little one's first tooth appears, it's time to switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush. Consult with your health professional to determine when your child should begin using a fluoridated toothpaste. It's also time for their first visit to dentist within six months of getting their first tooth and before their first birthday. Schedule visits every six months after that to ensure proper tooth development.

Diabetics

People who suffer from diabetes are more likely than others to suffer from oral health issues. In fact, nearly two out of three adults with diabetes also suffer from inflamed gums – a sign of gingivitis. That's why I encourage diabetics to take their oral health seriously. Your oral care routine should consist of flossing, brushing for the dentist recommended two minutes twice daily and rinsing. Crest Pro-Health Multi-Protection Rinse is alcohol-free and kills germs that can cause plaque, gingivitis and bad breath – without the burning sensation of alcohol.

Dr. Travis Stork is a practicing board-certified emergency medicine physician and an Emmy-nominated national television host.

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