When you have a baby on the way, the last thing on your mind is your teeth. Your body is changing, your clothes no longer fit, and the cravings are just ridiculous. However, oral health is just as important during pregnancy as anything else, possibly more so.
De-Bunking Some Myths
Myth: It’s not safe for pregnant women to go to the dentist.
Fact: At the very least, expectant mothers should continue regular dental visits. If you are planning to become pregnant, or have recently become pregnant, it’s a good idea to visit your dentist to come up with a plan to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your pregnancy.
Myth: Teeth lose much of their calcium during pregnancy because it is needed elsewhere to support the growing baby.
Fact: Most oral changes during pregnancy are actually due to the wildly fluctuating hormones. However, it is a good idea to increase your calcium intake during pregnancy to be sure your body has enough calcium to support you and your baby, especially through your third trimester. Talk to your obstetrician about what prenatal supplements are right for you.
One of the most common oral health risks during pregnancy is gingivitis. The high levels of progesterone that are produced during pregnancy creates more acid in the mouth, which can lead to gingivitis. The most common symptom of gingivitis is red, swollen gums that bleed when brushing or flossing. It is imperative that you consult your dentist as soon as you notice this, because if left untreated, gingivitis can become periodontitis. The increased acid in your mouth can also travel to your baby, which can cause premature birth and low birth weight.
Tooth decay is another big risk for expectant moms. If you have morning sickness, the acid from it can eat away at your tooth enamel. The more often you’re sick, the more the acid can build up in your mouth. This can cause tooth decay, which can lead to cavities and even tooth loss.
Treatment and Prevention
Pregnancy does pose some risks to your oral health, but there are a couple of ways that you can avoid some of these issues.
- Thoroughly brush twice a day and floss once a day. If you throw up due to morning sickness, rinse your mouth out well.
- Use anti-bacterial mouthwash after brushing, and between meals if you don’t have time to brush.
- Drink LOTS of water.
- Try to stick to foods that are low in sugar in starch. If you have a craving that you simply must feed, brush your teeth immediately after eating.
- Keep up with routine dental visits.
You Can Trust Olney Dental for All of Your Oral Health Needs
For all of your oral care questions and concerns, Olney Dental has the expertise and professionalism to get them the answers they need. Olney Dental is ready to supply you with expert service in a professional environment. Schedule an appointment online today! For more information on how we can give your family the best dentist experience available, give us a call at (301) 250-1057 or contact us online.