Keep A Healthy Smile While You’re Expecting

September 10, 2018 by silvadds20170
A new study from the University of Alabama has indicated that premature births and low birth weight could be significantly reduced if women were more vigorously encouraged to improve their oral hygiene, as well as being proactively treated for gum disease. While it’s important for everyone to visit the dentist at least once a year, it is more vital for pregnant women to do so during the prenatal period. Pregnancy can lead to dental problems in some women but with proper at-home hygiene and frequent trips to the dentist, your healthy smile will remain healthy throughout pregnancy.
You are not likely to have dental issues during pregnancy if you already practice good oral hygiene habits. To ensure that pregnancy doesn’t affect your oral health, brush your teeth at least twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste, floss daily, and visit your dentist regularly.

Common dental problems that occur during pregnancy can include:

  • Gum bleeding: The hormones associated with pregnancy make women more susceptible to gum problems such as gingivitis.
  • Vomiting: Vomiting can damage tooth enamel and increase the risk of decay, but pregnancy hormones soften the muscle that keeps food inside the stomach. Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after vomiting, rinse your mouth with tap water, and use mouthwash.
  • Cravings for unhealthy food: A desire of sugary snacks may increase your risk of tooth decay. Try to choose healthier options when craving occur.
  • And dry heaving: To avoid retching, use a brush with a small head, take your time, and distract yourself by listening to music or focusing on your breath.

During pregnancy, your calcium and vitamin D levels will be affected. Calcium protects bone mass and provides nutritional needs of the baby. To increase your amount of calcium, drink milk or add cheese and yogurt to your diet. To increase Vitamin D, add cheese, margarine, fish, and eggs to your diet.

Tell your dentist if you are pregnant. The dentist may need to take precautions to care for you and your baby’s safety. Pregnancy does not automatically damage your teeth, but with proper hygiene and with help from your dentist, your smile will stay beautiful throughout pregnancy.

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