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The Expectant Mother’s Oral Hygiene

Caring for Not Just You But for Two

Do brush and floss everyday.

Pregnant women need the protection of brushing with fluoride as well as flossing everyday. Pregnancy brings about hormonal changes affecting the way gums react to plaque. Many women can develop pregnancy gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease that most commonly develops between the second and eighth month. Gums become red, sore and bleed, causing irritation and discomfort. Untreated, this form of gingivitis can become more serious and may lead to premature labor and low birth weight.

Don’t miss a dental appointment.

Inform your dentist of your pregnancy, and any changes to medication. Dental checkups are safe, though consider it well if you have a restricting medical condition or your pregnancy is high-risk. Due to the possibility of gagging and feelings of nausea, first trimester treatments may be difficult, so it is better to defer them to the second. During the third trimester, sitting in a reclining dental chair may be uncomfortable. Try to schedule your visit early on to reduce the risk of a dental emergency while pregnant.

Do eat a nutritious diet.

Be conscious of what you eat and avoid frequent snacking. Have a well-balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean proteins. Limit sweet cravings because that increases the risk of tooth decay. Know that your baby’s teeth development is between the third and sixth month, so it is essential that they receive the vitamins, minerals and nutrients necessary to help their future teeth form correctly.

Do protect your teeth from morning sickness.

Many women experience this unpleasant side effect of pregnancy. Teeth can suffer enamel erosion due to acid exposure. Prevent erosion by rinsing with a teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in one cup of water following vomiting. Wait one hour for enamel to harden then follow with brushing. Use milder, more tolerable toothpaste flavors if you are too sensitive to the taste and smell.

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We cater to expectant moms here at Tetrick Family Dentistry in Bellingham. If you are expecting, let our professional team assess your oral health care needs during your pregnancy.