Did you know that hormonal changes caused by pregnancy increases the risk of developing several oral infections, which can affect your baby’s growth and development? The most common issues include pregnancy tumors, tooth decay and gum diseases that can result in excessive swelling and bleeding in the mouth.
The primary reason why pregnancy is a crucial time for women to maintain their oral health is because it directly relates to the overall health of the mother and the growing baby.
Here are a few helpful tips to ensure proper dental care during pregnancy as well as after you have your baby.
It is very important for you to take good care of your teeth and gums before getting pregnant. There is a high risk of periodontal disease in pregnant women that can significantly lead to increased risks of premature/low weight birth. However, by following these recommendations, you can greatly minimize this risk.
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste
- See your dentist for a checkup to complete any needed dental treatment; this will reduce the chances of dental emergencies during pregnancy which could have harmful effects on you and your baby
- Get your teeth professionally cleaned to treat any impending oral diseases or infections
Dental care during pregnancy is extremely important, and you should tell your dentist how your pregnancy has affected your overall health. Most dental treatments are safe during pregnancy, but we recommend following a few steps to avoid the need for risky dental procedures.
- Thoroughly clean your gums and teeth every day
- Floss your teeth daily
- Brush your teeth before and after breakfast, as well as before going to bed
- Rinse your mouth between meals with lukewarm water
- Avoid consuming excessive sugary snacks to prevent tooth decay
- Pay close attention to any possible changes (e.g. bleeding or sensitivity) in your gums or teeth while you are pregnant
- See your dentist regularly, especially if your gums are tender or sensitive
- If you have morning sickness, ask your dentist to recommend a bland-tasting toothpaste
- Rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash after each instance of morning sickness
Once you have successfully delivered your baby, a consistent oral care and hygiene routine is very important. Even though your hormones go back to normal post-pregnancy, a good dental routine is still necessary. Follow these tips to maintain healthy gums and teeth.
- Continue with dental visits for oral examinations
- In case you need any treatment or medication, tell your dentist if you are nursing
- Keep brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day
- Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and sugary snacks
- Follow a healthy diet post-delivery.
- Request a full mouth examination, especially if you experienced any major gum problems during pregnancy.
Oral health and hygiene is important at every age and stage of life, but it is even more integral during pregnancy because it directly affects your ability to give your baby a healthy start to life. With two people to consider, dental care during pregnancy needs to be a top priority on your to-do list.