25 Aug Keeping Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy
Being pregnant is a marvelous experience; but you are now responsible for taking care of your unborn child as well as yourself. Your appetite is likely to increase; and your body will seem to change every day. Your oral health can be in jeopardy; a change in hormones can impact your teeth and gums. If you are experiencing problems, a visit with the dentist is warranted.
You need to make sure your dental provider is made aware of your condition. While dental x-rays are considered safe, and protection is always provided, they should only be taken in an emergency. If this is your regular six month appointment, your dentist might delay taking diagnostic x-rays until after you’ve delivered your child.
One of the problems often associated with pregnancy is the onset of gingivitis. Women already suffering with gum disease before pregnancy may notice bleeding, swollen gum tissue early in their first trimester. Other symptoms of gingivitis include chronic bad breath, receding gum tissue, and one or more teeth appearing to pull away from gums. This is a serious condition that demands immediate attention. Your dentist should be seen right away.
Women suffering with morning sickness have the potential for demineralization of dental enamel due to excessive acids. Brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste will help fortify teeth. There are fluoride mouth rinses as well. Morning sickness can make brushing difficult; try using a bland tasting toothpaste. Rinse regularly with water.
You can maintain your regular schedule of seeing your dentist every six months for teeth cleaning and exam. Elective treatment such as teeth whitening or cosmetic enhancements should probably be put on hold until after you’ve had your baby.
A healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables; dairy; proteins; and whole grains are best for both you and your baby. Limit caffeine and sugary treats. Do not drink alcohol or use tobacco.
It is important to remember that your child’s teeth are forming while in your womb. This makes it critically important to be taking all prescribed vitamins, and eating foods rich in vitamins and nutrients that will promote good oral health for both you and your child.
Maintain your daily oral hygiene regimen of brushing and flossing. If your dental health begins to suffer while pregnant, do not hesitate to see your dentist for treatment and guidance to improve your condition.
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