Dental Care for Mothers-to-Be
You are about to have a baby. The happiest time of your life is ahead of you. Amidst all the cheerful preparations for the baby to enter your life, make sure you do not forget about your oral health. Due to hormonal changes in your body, proper dental care and regular dental visits during pregnancy are absolutely necessary. Many pregnant women have similar worries: Are dental check-ups safe during the nine months? Will I lose a tooth because of the pregnancy? You can finally relax, because here is everything you need to know about dental care while expecting your precious baby! Enjoy this blissful period in a carefree manner because you are entering the most beautiful phase of your life.
Many women are in doubt whether they should visit the dentist during pregnancy and whether it is safe. You should definitely have routine check-ups every six months. Due to hormonal changes, some women’s teeth require more attention and some women may experience gum bleeding because hormones make it more difficult to fight plaque. Routine dental care during pregnancy is totally safe and moreover, it is encouraged. However, it is advisable to leave more complicated procedure until after the baby is born. Also, dentists prefer to avoid dental x-rays during pregnancy if possible. However, if you urgently need to have an x-ray, they will take all the precaution measures to protect the baby. Talk to your dentist, he will help you with any concern you may have. During pregnancy women also worry about teeth loss. “Losing a tooth per child” is a misconception because with regular dental care and check-ups there is no risk of losing a tooth. However, quality diet is absolutely essential during pregnancy. Even though it is difficult to fight the pregnancy cravings, especially indulging your sweet tooth, try to avoid sugary and acidic foods as much as possible and always eat a balanced diet. It will help both your general and oral health. Due to morning sickness, pregnant women usually eat “less and more often”. This increases acid attacks on the teeth and the risk of decay is higher. Therefore, once again, be careful about choosing your diet. Morning sickness and vomiting can also affect teeth negatively because stomach acid comes in contact with them. Thus, it is not advisable to brush your teeth immediately after vomiting as the acid softens the enamel and teeth can be more easily damaged. Instead rinse with water and if you can stand the taste, rub some fluoride toothpaste on the teeth. Brush at least one hour after vomiting because by then the acid will neutralize. Chew gum that contains xylitol during pregnancy since it changes the ratio of bacteria in the mouth, thereby reducing the amount of bacteria that causes decay.
So, here is a dental care list for a care-free pregnancy:
- See your dentist regularly. If you have no dental issues, go for routine check-ups every six months. If the dentist recommends visiting more often, stick to the dental plan.
- Brush at least twice a day. Never immediately after vomiting because the enamel is soft and you risk further teeth damage.
- Floss daily.
- Rinse with water after each snack.
- Chew gums with xylitol.
- Eat balanced diet. Avoid sugary and acidic foods.
Pregnancy has many symptoms and side effects to all parts of the body and your oral health is no exception. Therefore, a proper dental care and balanced diet are key to good dental health during pregnancy. Keep in mind, you are far less likely to have dental problems during pregnancy if you maintain quality dental routine.