Keeping Your Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is truly a delicate time for expectant women because of the drastic hormonal changes that affect practically every aspect of their bodies, including their oral health. During pregnancy, the risks of gum disease increases, which also puts the baby’s health at risk. This is why taking good care of teeth as well as gums is very important for pregnant women.

If you are still at the stage of planning to have a baby, do your best to have a dental checkup prior to your pregnancy to ensure that you receive professional teeth cleaning before getting pregnant. At the same time, the dentist will be able to examine your gum tissue and detect if there are any dental health problems that need to be treated.

For women who are already pregnant, eating right during pregnancy will not only benefit your baby but also your teeth. It is common to have cravings for sweets during pregnancy but avoiding sugary foods and keeping your snacking to a minimum is essential to prevent tooth decay. Be aware that the bacteria that forms tooth decay can be transmitted to your developing baby so it is crucial that you take care of your teeth. Start by learning more about tooth decay and how to prevent it.

Make sure to maintain a diet that is both healthy and balanced. Ideally, it should contain cheese, yogurt and other dairy products, all of which are excellent sources of essential minerals that help develop strong teeth and gums. A baby’s first set of teeth form during the pregnancy’s first trimester.

Needless to say, whether you’re pregnant or not, practicing good oral hygiene regularly will prevent or lessen oral health problems. However, if you have terrible morning sickness and the taste of your toothpaste just makes you feel worse so you would rather not brush your teeth, switch to toothpaste with a bland taste. If you throw up frequently, make sure to rinse out your mouth with a mouth rinse or just plain water to wash out the acid in the vomit and prevent it from eroding the tooth enamel.

You can receive basic dental care during your second trimester. It is very important to inform your dentist that you are pregnant. It is strongly recommended that you avoid any dental treatments when you are on your first trimester and during the latter half of your third trimester. This is to prevent your exposure to any substance or procedure that could be detrimental to your baby during the critical periods of development.

Likewise, dental X-rays should be avoided during pregnancy. Although technological advances have made X-ray procedures a lot safer now than they were several decades ago, a pregnant woman getting a dental X-ray would only be an option in emergency cases. What pregnant women should not miss are regular dental checkups, particularly gum examinations because of the increased risk of tender and bleeding gums.

After giving birth to your baby, schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible especially if you suffered any gum problemswhile you were pregnant so you can have a thorough dental evaluation. Whether you are pregnant now or at pre or post-pregnancy stage, please feel free to call us for any of your dental concerns.