Dr. Reza Nouri is a certified specialist in pediatric dentistry, and has been a Clinical Associate Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia since 1994.
Dr. Reza Nouri gives practitioners sage advice about how to help optimize dental health the in the perinatal and infant stages. Good nutrition and its effect on teeth are significant as tooth development starts as early as 5 weeks intrauterine. Similarly, premature birth and low birth weight, as well as smoking and drug abuse by the expecting mother, have detrimental effect on the dentition.
Systemic fluoride has neither a preventive nor cariostatic effect in children whose mothers had fluoride supplements while they were pregnant. On the other hand, topical fluoride application or the use of xylitol is more beneficial for expectant mothers to reduce the risk of caries. Xylitol also helps reduce the transmission of cariogenic bacteria to infants.
It is recommended that the first oral examination be performed by the time a child turns 1 or as soon as the first tooth has erupted in his/her mouth. Unfortunately, studies have shown that <1% of children are examined by the age of 1. Furthermore, 1/3 of hospital day surgeries in Canada are due to early childhood caries (ECC) which is still the most common chronic childhood disease.
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