Maintaining good dental care habits during pregnancy is particularly important because of the hormonal changes that occur during this time. Hormonal changes can make pregnant women more susceptible to developing gingivitis or gum disease, which can affect the health of your developing baby.
Even before you get pregnant, you should visit your dentist to have your teeth professionally cleaned and your overall dental health examined in preparation for your pregnancy. If you are currently pregnant, however, here are the best ways to ensure that your teeth are as healthy as possible.
- Inform Your Dentist That You are Pregnant
Pregnant women can still have routine dental checkups, cleanings and x-rays. More urgent problems can still be addressed during pregnancy. Keep in mind that the recommendation for optional dental work, such as fillings or crowns, is that they be completed in the second trimester (although there is no evidence that you will cause harm to your baby if you have dental work during your first trimester). All other optional procedures, such as teeth whitening, should not be done until after your baby is born. Ensure that you inform your dentist of all the medications and prenatal supplements that you are taking, in case your dentist needs to alter your particular treatment.
- Visit Your Dentist Every 3 Months During Pregnancy
Pregnant women are part of the at-risk group of people who should visit their dentist more regularly for checkups. While most people should visit their dentist every six months, pregnant women should visit their dentist every three to four months.
- Pay Attention to the Health of Your Gums
Since pregnant women are at an increased risk of developing gingivitis (when gums become tender and bleed more easily) and periodontal disease, pay attention to your gums during your pregnancy. If you notice tenderness, bleeding or swelling, contact your dentist.
- Morning Sick? Don’t Forget to Rinse Your Mouth
If you suffer from morning sickness (or otherwise find yourself throwing up during pregnancy), be sure to rinse your mouth afterwards. You might also want to change your toothpaste to one with a bland flavour.
- Maintain Good Oral Hygiene Habits
This means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily.
- Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet
Given that your baby’s teeth will begin to develop in your third month of pregnancy, it is important to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Ensure that your snacks do not contain too much sugar or too many starches as both can contribute to cavities.
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