Pregnancy and Dentistry, What You need to know
Oral Health while pregnant
Since the hormonal changes in your body can affect your gums and increasing the risk of gum disease, it is even more important to take good care of your teeth and gums when you are pregnant. Remember, all things can affect your health, can also affect your baby’s health too. We recommend to visit a dentist before becoming pregnant. At Diamond Dental Clinics your oral health can be fully accessed, and any potential problems can be addressed ahead of time.
During pregnancy your gums are more likely to bleed. It increases the chance your gums becoming inflamed, infected and make you more susceptible to periodontal (gum) disease. Infected gum can lead to your teeth being damaged and plaque build-up on your teeth.
Here are some useful tips for maintaining your oral health while pregnant. And for additional info and advice always feel free to contact any of our Dental clinics.
Tips and advice regarding your oral health during pregnancy
- Always do regular dental checkup even when you are pregnant. While you’re pregnant hormonal changes in your body can increase the chance of gum diseases. Make sure to maintain good oral health, regular dentist check-up and keep a close eye on your gums, if they’re sensitive, swelling or bleeding contact your dentist right away.
- First trimester and second half of the third trimester are the most important time in development of your baby, try to avoid undertaking dental treatments during these times. Routine dental care treatments can be received during the second trimester but all non emergency dental procedures are better be put off until after you’ve had your baby.
- As always let your dentist know any medications you are taking, Including prenatal vitamins.
- It’s best to avoid getting X-rays while pregnant.
- Maintain a good oral health. At least brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes using fluoride toothpaste, and don’t forget flossing which is important too
- Sugary foods and snacks are not good for your teeth and your baby. Keep your diet healthy.
- Your baby’s first teeth begin to develop at around three months into pregnancy. Calcium rich foods like cheese and yogurt will help your baby’s teeth to grow.
- After you’ve had your baby do a checkup with your dentist and make sure everything is ok.