Taking care of your teeth is important all the time, but if you plan to try for a baby, it is a good idea to visit your dentist before you fall pregnant for a general check-up.
This is also the time to have any elective dental procedures done.
Once you are pregnant, there are a few important tips to keep in mind:
1) Tell your dentist you are pregnant
This is essential because some treatments should not be done when you are pregnant. This is the case particularly during the first trimester and shortly before baby is born.
X-rays, for example, will be avoided unless it is a dental emergency. Your dentist will also usually postpone any elective dental procedures until after you have had your baby.
2) Keep an eye on your gums
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can result in gum disease or tender gums that bleed easily. Gums can become inflamed or infected more easily during pregnancy.
A softer toothbrush might be helpful, but it is important to contact your dentist if you experience these problems to get professional advice.
3) Morning sickness and your teeth
If you vomit frequently as a result of morning sickness make sure that you rinse your mouth out with water and then a mouth wash afterwards. Your teeth can be damaged by repeated vomiting because the strong stomach acids can damage the tooth enamel.
A few suggestions are to use a toothbrush that has a small head, such as one for children, and to try a different brand of toothpaste.
4) What you eat affects your teeth
A common cause of dental problems is sugary foods and when women experience cravings for such foods during pregnancy this can have a negative impact on your dental health.
It’s good for your dental health, as well as your general health, to try and eat foods that don’t contain too much sugar. You can also try to satisfy cravings with healthier options such as fresh fruit or foods containing natural sugars such as dates.
5) After delivery
Once your baby is born, schedule an appointment with your dentist for a general check-up. Most gum problems will be resolved when you are no longer pregnant, but it is important that your dentist can check to ensure you don’t need further treatment.
For dental care before, during or after your pregnancy, contact a local dentist who can provide you with the care you need during this important time.
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