Pregnancy dramatically affects a body. What many women don’t realize is that their mouth and oral health is also changed during this time. Sticking to your oral hygiene routine is always important, especially while carrying a child. If you’re thinking about getting pregnant, consult with a dentist and care for your teeth, gums, and overall health during this special time.
Here are some ways to keep teeth and gums healthy when you are expecting:
1. Get enough calcium. A mother’s eating habits influence her baby’s health and its teeth. If you have poor oral health habits, your baby may be likely to have dental problems. Calcium is an important part of your diet when you are pregnant, especially if you plan to breastfeed. Calcium helps build the teeth and bones of a developing child.
2. Rinse your mouth. Morning sickness is often a side effect of pregnancy. If you experience it, rinse your mouth. Stomach acids can erode teeth. Protect your mouth by rinsing with water or a mouthwash recommended by your dentist.
3. Avoid sugary snacks. Food cravings are normal, but moderation is key when it comes to sugary snacks. Each time you consume foods or beverages
containing sugar, mouth bacteria release acids that increase the risk of tooth decay. Try to munch on fruits and vegetables instead. (In fact, deep green vegetables often contain calcium!)
4. Stay hydrated. Dry mouth during pregnancy can put women at a greater risk for tooth decay and various infections. Drink plenty of water and chew sugarless gum to enhance saliva production.
5. Maintain oral hygiene. The nausea and fatigue that some women experience during pregnancy may cause them to neglect oral hygiene, but it’s more important during this time than ever. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss, and rinse your mouth.
6. Visit the dentist. Professional cleanings are important during pregnancy to maintain your healthy teeth and gums. Try to schedule an appointment during your second trimester. Remember to tell your dentist you are pregnant and to disclose any medications or vitamins you are taking.
Staying committed to a good dental hygiene routine while pregnant will protect your health and help your growing baby.
To schedule a dental checkup in Bowmanville, Ontario, contact Ohana Dental Clinic at (905) 697-3440.