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Motherhood is exhausting, especially after pregnancy and birth. You barely sleep and energy is scarce. Even eating properly can be challenging, as you have less time to spare time for your own needs. Even brushing your teeth as needed every day can seem daunting.

But you can’t take care of your baby if you aren’t taking good care of yourself. Eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and taking care of your teeth needs to happen if you want to stay in good health. To prevent cavities and gum disease from sneaking up on you while you are nurturing your infant, take two minutes twice a day to brush your pearly whites.

Follow up with a once-a-day flossing will keep your smile healthy and lower bacterial levels in your mouth which can help if you accidentally share a spoon or absentmindedly put their pacifier in your mouth.

Stress levels can be off the charts with a newborn in the house, especially if you aren’t sleeping well. Lack of sleep can raise tension in the muscles in the neck and head, and you can end up grinding your teeth in your sleep. This is known as bruxism, and it can cause problems with your jaw. Rest whenever you can, and find ways to take a breather when possible. You may even need a night guard if you are bruxing your teeth too hard.

Stay hydrated! Dry mouth can lead to gum disease and cavities, so drink plenty of liquids, especially if you are also breastfeeding. Water can help your body and your smile in a variety of ways.

Our doctor, Dr. Carol Halloran is happy to help you keep your smile healthy while you take care of your loved ones. You can reach our Crossroads Dental team in Waterloo, Iowa, by calling 319.291.3908. Your smile will thank you!