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Take Care of Your Teeth during Pregnancy

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  August 2, 2016

Tips to Take Care of Your Teeth During Pregnancy

It is very important to take proper care of your teeth and gums when you are pregnant. This is the time when you develop certain hormonal changes in your body that increases the risk of gum disease. This can have an effect on the health of your baby. Try to arrange an appointment with your dentist to understand the exact condition of your mouth and teeth. This way, your dentist will examine gum tissue, clean your teeth and only oral problem that may arise during pregnancy. Read on to know some tips to care for your teeth during pregnancy.

 

  • Talk to the Dentist about Your Pregnancy – When you are pregnant, it’s important to tell your dentist about it. Routine dental check up can be done any time before and during pregnancy. If there is any surgery that needs to be done immediately, you can go for it. However, you may postpone optional dental procedure till your delivery. Before you arrange an appointment with the dentist, check with your obstetrician so know if there is any special instruction for you.
  • Mention the Name and Dosage of Drugs You Take – You should inform the dentist about the name and dosage of the drugs you are taking. This should include – all medications and vitamins, as prescribed by the gynecologist. Your dental practitioner may need to change the treatment depending on this information given by you. Follow the dental hygienist tips to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
  • Dental X-rays can be Done – Even when you are pregnant, you can go for dental X-rays, as suggested by the dentist. The dental practitioner will be very careful in protecting you and your baby. The advanced technology has made it possible to do X-rays in a much safe way than done in the past.
  • Do not Miss Out Dental Checkup – Many women want to skip dental checkups because they are pregnant. You need to know periodontal examination should be done from time to time since pregnancy leads to change in hormone that may increase the risk for gum disease, known as gingivitis during pregnancy. It is advisable that you pay heed to any change in your gums while being pregnant. If there is tenderness, bleeding or gum swelling in your pregnancy, talk to your dentist/periodontist at the earliest possible.
  • Practice Good Oral Habits – You should follow good oral habits to keep your mouth and teeth fresh and strong. For this, you should brush your teeth properly at least twice in a day – in the morning and before going to bed. You need to floss daily and clean your mouth to stay away from any kind of disease. When you practice good oral hygiene habits during pregnancy, you can be assured of protecting yourself from dental concerns.
  • Balanced and Healthy Diet – Eat calcium rich foods like milk or cheese and try to avoid sugary things. As there is a high chance of tooth decay during pregnancy.  Moreover, this will help in the nourishment and growth of the baby. You can also include citrus fruits into your daily diet. Since, they are rich in Vitamin C it helps in keeping teeth strong.
  • Avoid Mouthwash – Bleeding gums is a common scenario for women during pregnancy but that shouldn’t keep them from brushing their teeth. However, most of the doctors advise their patient to avoid using mouth wash during this time. Since, some of the mouthwash contains chemicals that might harm the fetus if swallowed accidentally.
  • Morning Sickness – It is one of the common things that a pregnant woman goes through during the first few months into pregnancy. The stomach contains acid that can coat teeth when you vomit, which ultimately leads to dissolving of enamel and tooth decay. Brush or rinse your mouth just after vomiting as it will provide protection of fluoride that will help in strengthening the enamel.
  • Use a Soft Toothbrush – During this time your gums might swell and bleed due to brushing or flossing. Switch to a soft toothbrush that will not be hard on your gums and change them within 1 or 2 months or if they start to get brittle. Do not rinse your mouth just after brushing as it will diminish the protective coating of the fluoride in toothpaste.

 

Passing of Cavities Causing Bacteria to Your New Born

 

Babies start developing their teeth from 8 months to 1 year old. Their teeth are free of cavities and bacteria but many infants are born with varied levels of bacteria in their mouth. It can be passed on from one person to other due to usage of same spoon or by cleaning dummy. Make sure that you clean your baby’s teeth with a damp cloth or soft toothbrush.

 

It is advisable that you find a local dentist and ask them to recommend brands during pregnancy. This will enable you to keep your teeth strong and protect your child from any kind of risk that can occur while being pregnant.

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Last Updated :  01-01-2017