A Healthy Smile for a New Parent

Caring for your newborn may give you less time to care for your oral health. Some new moms may neglect or forget about their daily oral hygiene. This may increase the risk of dental disease and infections that can affect your overall health. Your dental health is essential during pregnancy and after childbirth. Practicing good oral care habits after your new baby arrives can help prevent gum disease and other oral health problems. Follow the steps below for a healthy smile:

  • Maintain good oral hygiene habits. Brush your teeth twice (2) a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss every day, and use a fluoridated, alcohol-free mouth rinse.
  • Eat healthy foods. Choose a variety of foods from the five (5) food groups: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, proteins, and dairy products.
  • Drink water or milk. Choose healthy beverages and less sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Practice healthy behaviors. Do not drink alcohol, smoke or use drugs.
  • Keep regular dental checkups after your new baby arrives. Dental health benefits from seeing the dentist after childbirth:
    • Continue with preventive dental care visits.
    • Opportunity to discuss any dental concerns with the dentist, such as gum problems or healthy food options for strong teeth and healthy gums, especially if you are nursing.
    • Get an early start on your baby’s dental care.

Medi-Cal Covers Dental During Post-Partum

The Medi-Cal Dental Program provides free or low-cost dental services during your pregnancy. As a Medi-Cal member, you are also covered 12 months after the birth of your baby.

During this time, you can receive all the covered dental procedures, such as a dental exam, professional dental cleaning, and other dental services provided as a Medi-Cal member. Click here for services covered by Medi-Cal Dental.

This is also a great time to discuss with the dentist about a establishing a dental home for your baby and the whole family. Click here to find a Medi-Cal Dental Provider near you or visit the list of Community Dental and Medical Health Centers in Orange County.