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October 28th, 2019

Pregnancy Dental Care Tips

Pregnancy comes with many added responsibilities - extra vitamins, baby proofing, reading up on what to expect and taking care of your dental needs is no different. Being pregnant can lead to several changes in your mouth that could affect your health and the baby if left untreated. Here are some dental care tips for taking care of your teeth and gums for mothers-to-be::

1. Don’t hold off on dental visits

For most women, it is perfectly safe to go to your routine dental visits, but advise your dentist of your pregnancy.   If your pregnancy is high-risk or you have other medical conditions, your dentist and your physician may recommend that treatment be postponed. Also, be sure to let your dentist know if you are on any medications or if your obstetrician has any specific concerns. 

2. Avoid brushing your teeth after morning sickness

Morning sickness is a normal side effect of pregnancy.  It is tempting to brush your teeth immediately after getting sick, but the stomach acids produced soften your enamel and brushing soft enamel can cause damage.  Wait at least an hour after morning sickness to brush your teeth.  If  you can’t stand the wait, try rinsing your mouth out with water. 

3. Floss between your teeth daily

Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase the risk of developing problems like gingivitis and periodontists or gum disease. As a result of varying hormonal levels, 40% of pregnant women will develop gingivitis sometime during their pregnancy - a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. 

Regular flossing is always recommended as essential to good oral hygiene, but it’s even more important when you are expecting. Flossing at least once a day removes bacteria and food particles from in between your teeth and hard to reach places missed by brushing. Plaque that is not removed t can cause irritated gums and eventually gum disease. If you are experiencing any symptoms gingivitis, such as bleeding or tender gums, call your dentist and schedule an appointment. 

4. Eat a well-balanced diet and increase your calcium intake

What you eat during your pregnancy affects the development of your baby’s teeth as well as yours. That is why is important to maintain your calcium intake and even increase it during pregnancy. Sufficient calcium lowers your risk of osteoporosis and also keeps your teeth and bones strong as well as those of the developing baby.  Good sources of calcium include milk, cheese, yogurt, spinach, and almonds. If you are struggling to get enough calcium in your diet during pregnancy, talk to your physician about taking supplements. 

There is no better peace of mind than regular visits with your dentist and physician. If you are experiencing any odd dental symptoms or gum irritation, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment to visit Dr. Szott today.

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