Pregnancy Dental Care Tips
During pregnancy, the mother’s body nourishes the growing fetus with dozens of vital nutrients. That’s one of the reasons why it is so important to take prenatal vitamins while pregnant. Without the proper care and nutrition, the mother’s body can become depleted of vital nutrients. However, there are ways to combat these complications of pregnancy and ensure healthy gums and teeth with proper pregnancy dental care.
Pregnancy dental care – brush and floss every day
It’s a good idea to floss at least once per day and brush at least twice per day regardless of pregnancy or not. But for pregnant women especially, oral health is crucial for a safe pregnancy, delivery, and a healthy baby.
Because of certain hormonal changes that happen during pregnancy, pregnant women can be an at increased risk of gum disease and gingivitis. Brushing and flossing regularly will prevent this from happening.
Pregnancy dental care – visit your dentist regularly
Just because you’re pregnant, doesn’t mean you should stop visiting your dentist. Continue scheduling your preventative dental treatment exams throughout your pregnancy. Getting a dental x-ray during pregnancy is also safe. We would typically wait until after the 1st trimester to proceed with elective treatment. If need be, we would consult with your physician. While attending your appointment, if you have any questions or concerns, please be sure to ask your dentist. Our dental team will be able to give you sound advice and guidance on how to reduce any issues you may have encountered.
How to care for your teeth if you experience morning sickness during pregnancy?
Morning sickness exposes the teeth to corrosive stomach acid that can wear down the tooth enamel and increase the risk of premature tooth decay. For women who experience moderate to severe morning sickness in pregnancy, they will need to take special care of their teeth. After a bout of morning sickness, rinse your mouth with water, or a fluoride mouthwash. Be sure to wait at least half an hour after morning sickness before brushing your teeth. Brushing your teeth too soon after, can wear down your teeth’s enamel significantly.
Pregnancy dental care – take vitamin supplements and make healthy food choices
For pregnant women, taking prenatal vitamin supplements is critical for maintaining their overall health, the health of their babies, and their dental health too. Prenatal vitamins are packed with vital nutrients that mothers need to prevent tooth and bone density loss.
Having a healthy diet will also keep the teeth in good condition and increase the chances of having a safer pregnancy and delivery. Maintaining good dental health is also related to better delivery outcomes and decreases the chances of delivering a low birth weight baby.
Book your pregnancy dental care appointment today!
We want to be involved with your growing family, and we consider our patients to be part of our dental family. If you’re in need of a dentist during pregnancy, email us via our website’s contact form or call 204.817.8915 to book your appointment today!