Everything You Need to Know About Oral Health and Pregnancy

Oral Health and PregnancyCongratulations on the new addition to your family. Pregnancy is an exciting, yet busy time. A lot happens during pregnancy including changes in your oral health.

For pregnant women, it is important for them to see their dentist regularly.

Below is everything you need to know about oral health and pregnancy:

  1. Make a dentist appointment as soon as possible.

Schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. Taking care of other dental concerns that can be complicated or affected during pregnancy beforehand is highly recommended. Your mouth undergoes changes during pregnancy that increases your risk of tooth decay, gum disease and oral growths called “pregnancy tumors.” Pregnant women should also have more frequent dental visits in order to prevent the occurrence of tooth decay, gum disease and “pregnancy tumors.” It is important these oral health conditions be treated promptly as they have been shown to result in pre-term deliveries and low-weight births.

When you make your dental appointments, inform your dentist about how far along you are. Some dental procedures, such as root canals that require anesthesia, should be either postponed until after birth or during the last trimester of pregnancy.  Routine dental exams and cleanings pose no health concerns to your baby. Dental x-rays are also safe.

  1. Keep up a strong oral hygiene routine at home.

Dental hygiene is important. It is even more so during pregnancy. Your oral health changes which puts you at great oral health issues that can affect the health of your baby.

Women are encouraged to brush, floss and use mouthwash daily throughout their pregnancy.

  1. Find help with morning sickness.

Some women think that morning sickness is a harmless part of pregnancy. While it is fairly common, it does damage to your teeth. The stomach acids that are brought up during vomiting corrode tooth enamel. If you have severe, regular morning sickness, speak to your dentist about possible treatment options such as using a mouth guard or rinsing with baking soda.

  1. Your diet is important.

When you’re pregnant, you’re eating for both you and your baby. A healthy diet is important for your baby’s health and development. A diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein are also needed for good oral health.

While your baby’s teeth won’t be visible until the third month after birth, your baby’s teeth form and development between the third and six months of pregnancy. Foods rich in vitamins A, C and D, calcium, protein and phosphorous can also help your baby’s teeth develop properly and come in strong.

Besides a healthy, balanced diet, limit the amount of snacking.This is easier said than done when pregnant. The constant snacking, however, will increase your risk of cavities and tooth decay.

  1. Take care of your baby’s teeth as well.

Starting a few days after birth, gently wipe your newborn’s gums with a wet washcloth or gauze pad. Though their teeth are not yet visible, having clean gums from which the teeth can erupt from will lower the chance of cavities. Tooth decay, after all appears as soon as the teeth come in.

Pregnancy is the ideal time to have your teeth cleaned and examined. Don’t let the myths about dentistry and pregnancy keep you from getting needed dental care. The benefits of a dental appointment far outweigh the risks. Contact Out of This World Dentistry today to schedule an appointment.

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