When you are pregnant, you’ll certainly do everything to ensure he or she is healthy and that means doing what’s most healthy for you. Over the course of your pregnancy, your body will undergo many changes, which you are probably expecting. Hormonal changes and other developments will occur, so, it’s vital you stay on a healthy diet, get as much rest as you can, and… take care of your teeth! You may wonder why pregnancy dental care is important…
Why Good Dental Care is Important to Your Pregnancy
Proper oral care is always a crucial component to personal hygiene, but when you are expecting a baby, the health component becomes even more important. As changes happen throughout your pregnancy, your body will respond in certain ways. Of course, the most common are hormonal changes, which can make your mouth more vulnerable to dental problems. These include such things as harmful bacteria, plaque, and other conditions.
It’s important for you to take good care of your teeth and gums while pregnant. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase the risk of developing gum disease which, in turn, can affect the health of your developing baby. Try to make a dental appointment before getting pregnant. That way, your teeth can be professionally cleaned, gum tissue can be carefully examined, and any oral health problems can be treated in advance of your pregnancy. –WebMD.com (http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/dental-care-pregnancy)
Simply put, there will be more demand on you physically, which can make your mouth more sensitive. It’s not just about cravings, either. There’s more to know about good pregnancy dental care and health:
- Pregnancy gingivitis. One of the most common conditions women who are expecting experience is what’s known as “pregnancy gingivitis.” Typically, pregnancy gingivitis occurs during the first trimester and usual symptoms include: bleeding, swelling, red and tender gums.
- Premature and low birth weight. There is some research which suggests a link between poor oral health and gum disease, or periodontitis, which could cause premature birth and/or a low birth weight.
- Tooth enamel erosion. Many pregnant women experience bouts of morning sickness. While this is normal, it presents a problem for your teeth. Sickness results in an increase of acids in your mouth, which are harmful to your teeth.
How to Take Care of Your Teeth During Pregnancy
For optimim pregnancy dental care, you’ll have to practice a healthy routine:
- Brush your teeth at least twice per day. If your gums are too tender, switch to a softer toothbrush.
- Floss your teeth at least one time per day.
- Eat a healthy diet during your pregnancy. Try to avoid highly acidic food and drinks.
- Rinse your mouth after a bout of morning sickness.
- Have regular dental cleanings. You should inform your dentist you are expecting and let him or her know about any medications you are taking.
If you experience any problems with your mouth during your pregnancy, be sure to tell your dentist right away.
Until next time, keep flossing!