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Tooth Development During Pregnancy

CHICAGO, Illinois – Can an expectant mother do anything to help assure a proper start for the development of her child's teeth?

What you eat during pregnancy affects the development of your unborn baby's teeth. A well-balanced diet is highly recommended. Vitamins A, C, D, protein, calcium, and phosphorus are crucial to the general health and dental development of your child.
  • During the fifth or sixth week of pregnancy, the "buds" appear from which the primary teeth develop.

  • Between the third and sixth month of pregnancy, the enamel on your baby's primary teeth begins to form.

  • At birth, your baby has a full set of completely formed primary tooth crowns under the gums, as well as a set of permanent teeth in varying stages of development.

It is critical that new mothers pay strict attention to their own oral health. It is possible for a mother to pass cavity-causing bacteria from her mouth to her infant.

SOURCE: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

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