Pregnancy and Oral Health
Pregnancy is an exciting time when your body is going through many changes. You may be wondering how this will affect your teeth and gums. This blog is meant to answer your oral health questions and give you the information you need to help both you and your baby!
Keep Up Your Routine. It is important to keep up your brushing and flossing routine. You may be indulging your cravings for sweets, so make sure you brush regularly. It is important to continue regular check ups and cleanings. Let your dentist know your stage of pregnancy when you make your appointment, as well as any changes in your medication or special advice you may have received from your doctor. If you have a high-risk pregnancy or other medical condition, they may recommend certain procedures be postponed.
Pregnancy Gingivitis. During pregnancy some women are prone to a mild form of gum disease, called gingivitis that causes gums to be red, tender, and sore. Keeping your teeth clean is important for the prevention of pregnancy gingivitis. Your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings to help control any signs of the disorder, because, if left untreated, it can lead to more serious gum disease.
X-ray Safety. If you suffer a dental emergency or need an assessment, dental X-rays are sometimes necessary. Don’t worry – you will be covered with a leaded apron that will protect you and your baby from any harmful exposure.
Food for You and Your Baby’s Teeth. While pregnant, many women tend to crave sweets or snack more, both of which can put them at higher risk of tooth decay. It is important to choose low-sugar snacks that contain the nutrients your body needs. Your baby’s teeth will begin to develop between the third and six months of your pregnancy. Eating foods rich in vitamins A, C, and D, as well as protein, calcium, and phosphorous will give both you and your baby what you need for good dental health.
Being a mother is an exciting and wonderful time! Start your family off on the right foot by establishing or continuing your healthy dental routine while you are pregnant and remember, we will want to see your baby before his or her first birthday or as soon as the first tooth erupts!