Pregnancy is an exciting time in life for both parents, but it also comes with so many changes that it might seem like you’ll never get all the information you need before your new baby arrives.
Of course, the changes your body will undergo are amazing, but did you know that pregnancy is even related to your dental health? We’re here to offer some helpful tips as you embark on this new journey.
Maintain a good routine
– If you’re already brushing twice a day then you’re on the right track. Be sure to keep this up throughout your pregnancy. If you’re not brushing twice daily then now is the best time to start. Poor dental hygiene has been linked to premature birth, gestational diabetes, and preeclapsia. Don’t forget to floss. Flossing is a great way to help improve your oral hygiene and we’ve got some good tips to help you incorporate flossing into your daily routine here.
Gums become more sensitive
– another wonderful side effect of your changing hormones might be gums that are more sensitive. As a result of this you might notice during a routine dental cleaning that they bleed more easily or maybe even when you brush at home. Don’t be too alarmed by this, but definitely consult with your dentist if it becomes a problem for you as bleeding gums can also be a symptom of other oral issues.
Don’t be afraid to visit the dentist
– If you’ve recently found out that you’re pregnant or maybe you’re already halfway done and you’ve got an approaching dental cleaning. Don’t worry about cancelling as visits to the dentist during pregnancy are perfectly safe. If it’s been more than 6 months and you’re expecting it might even be good to call in and get on the schedule. Cleanings are a great way to help prevent plaque buildup and the development of gingivitis.
– unfortunately for many women, morning sickness accompanies the stages of pregnancy. Other than not feeling well, if you’re sickness leads you to vomit on occasion you might also be concerned about the impact that could have on your teeth. Stomach fluids are very acidic in nature and prolonged exposure to acid isn’t great for your overall oral health. However, if you find yourself battling this don’t worry too much. Exposure to acids can weaken the enamel of your teeth so we recommend that you rinse your mouth out with water immediately after and then brush a bit later to give your teeth time to recover from the exposure to the acid.
If your morning sickness is triggered by your hygiene routine we recommend that you try out various toothpaste flavors and types to find one that works for you during the sensitive period. You may even consider trying a different toothbrush if you notice that your current brush is activating a gag reflex.
Help Your Baby’s Teeth Develop
– Did you know that your unborn baby’s teeth develop between the third and sixth months of pregnancy? While it’s always important to eat a healthy diet to ensure good oral health, during these months you will also help your baby’s teeth form correctly. Be sure to get lots of nutrients like vitamins A, C, D, protein and calcium.
Overall you should enjoy this new life experience and be excited about the new baby to come. While pregnancy will have an impact on your dental journey as well as other areas of your life know that we’re here to help you every step of the way. If you’ve got questions or are in need of a dental cleaning please give us a call at 509-525-7250.