During pregnancy, a woman’s body is surging with excess hormones, developing a child and preparing for childbirth. While this process is one of the most beautiful phases of life, it does not create an easy atmosphere for maintaining regular health routines. Oral care is one of those health routines that can get lost in the mix while pregnant. However, it is one of the most important things to keep up with because the excess hormones can wreak havoc on teeth.
While pregnant, it is important to be extra cautious of how a woman treats her body. Anything she does can have drastic effects on the child within her. Here are some tips on maintaining baby safety along with oral care.
Keep up with normal oral care (brushing, flossing, etc.): The extra hormones makes a pregnant woman more prone to developing gum disease. It is important to keep up brushing and flossing procedures in order to keep teeth and gums in the cleanest state possible. This will prevent plaque build up, decay, and the development of periodontal disease.
Continue visiting the dentist: It is important to continue your dental visits while pregnant. It is not advisable to undergo major dental procedures while pregnant, but it is important to get scheduled cleanings. Again, cleanings will help prevent periodontal disease.
Avoid unnecessary procedures: Any unnecessary procedures should wait until after the baby is born as they can cause avoidable risks to the health of the baby. Experts recommend not undergoing any procedures at all during the first trimester of the pregnancy or the second half of the third trimester. Even x-rays should be avoided if they can be. However, if emergencies arise, today’s dentistry is as safe for pregnant women as it has ever been.
Keep your dentist in the loop: When visiting the dentist, they need to be kept in the loop. Inform them of the pregnancy as soon as you arrive for your appointment, or better yet, when you first make the appointment. The dentist should also be informed of any medication being taken, even vitamins.
Care for your teeth by caring for what you eat: Maintaining a healthy diet is a huge accomplishment for caring for oral health. Acidic and sugary foods can have negative effects on the health of your teeth and can cause avoidable problems. A healthy diet is also vital for the health of the baby as well, both nutritionally and for their teeth. What the mother eats affects the baby’s teeth development too, which starts around 3 months into the pregnancy.
Keeping up with oral care is vital during a pregnancy as the mother’s body is fueled with excess hormones, which affects the health of her mouth. Thus, the baby’s oral health is affected as well. By being consistent with a teeth-cleaning schedule and eating a healthy diet, it is possible to avoid gum disease during pregnancy.