Taking care of your teeth and gums while pregnant is extremely important. Pregnancy causes some extreme hormonal changes that directly increase your risk for developing gum disease, which can affect the health of your unborn baby. Do your best to make a dental appointment before getting pregnant—this way your teeth can be professionally cleaned, gum tissue can be carefully examined and any oral health issues can be addressed before you’re pregnant.
Of course, be sure to tell your dentist that you’re pregnant. Routine dental care can be done any time during pregnancy, so don’t be afraid of keeping those twice-a-year appointments. Even urgent dental procedures can be done without harming you or the baby, but to be safe, any elective dental procedures should be postponed until after delivery.
Every single pregnancy journey is different, so before your dental appointment, double check with your obstetrician to see if they have any special instructions or precautions for you. Make sure your dentist knows the names and dosages of any and all medications you’re taking, including prenatal vitamins. Also, be sure to fill your dentist in on any specific medical advice given to you by your doctor, as your dentist may need to adjust your dental plan.
Dental x-rays are completely safe to have while you’re pregnant—x-rays are much safer than they used to be, and your dentist will use the utmost caution to protect you and your baby. You shouldn’t be nervous at all to see your dentist while you’re pregnant, especially since you’re at the highest risk for gum disease during this time.
During pregnancy, your gums become much more sensitive and can bleed very easily—this is called pregnancy gingivitis and can lead to more serious issues. Pay attention to your gums at home, and keep your dentist in the loop. If you notice any tenderness, bleeding or swelling in your gums, talk to your dentist as soon as you can.
If you’re experiencing frequent morning sickness, and this prevents you from brushing your teeth, try switching to a bland-tasting toothpaste for the duration of your pregnancy. Your dentist can recommend a brand for you, and this will reduce the risk of gagging while you’re trying to brush your teeth.
In addition to switching up your toothpaste, remember to rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash regularly if you’re vomiting frequently—the stomach acid isn’t good for you teeth, especially when they’re regularly exposed.
For Your Mouth and Your Baby
Although the sweet cravings are no doubt creeping in, try to avoid too many sugary snacks. The more frequently you snack on foods with high sugar contents, the greater your chance is of developing tooth decay. Try to eat a healthy, balanced diet for you and your baby. Everything you eat will affect the development of your baby—around three months your baby’s teeth will start to develop, so be sure to include foods rich in calcium in your diet.
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