During pregnancy, changes in hormone production can make you more susceptible to dental issues such as gum disease, while poor oral health can put you at risk of having a pre-term delivery. If you’re pregnant and you to prevent problems with your dental health, be sure to take extra care of your gums and teeth!
Tips on oral health during pregnancy
Maintain basic oral hygiene routine – Brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss once a day. Clean your tongue and rinse your mouth with water. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause swollen and bleeding gums so make sure to use a soft bristle toothbrush when brushing your teeth.
Vomiting can lead to tooth decay – If you’re experiencing morning sickness, rinse your mouth with water and fluoride mouthwash every time you vomit to prevent debris from sticking to the inside of your mouth. Also, if you feel nauseated with your toothpaste brand, talk to your dentist about what toothpaste is best for your condition. You can try an alternative mild toothpaste brand instead.
Your diet is important – Choose a diet rich in calcium. Calcium helps in building healthy bones and teeth for you and your growing baby in your womb. You should also eat food high in Vitamin A, C, D, Protein, and Phosphorus to keep your teeth strong during pregnancy.
Visit your dentist regularly – Like visiting your OB-Gyne doctor, make a regular appointment with your dentist regarding your oral health. Schedule a dental visit in your first trimester. If you need any dental treatment, you should do this from fourth to the sixth month of pregnancy.
If you need dental assistance during your pregnancy, don’t hesitate to contact us at Maple Family Dentistry. We look forward to taking care of you and your family’s dental health.