Tips for Dental Care During Pregnancy

Tips for Dental Care During Pregnancy

Posted by Laurence Palmer on Apr 22 2021, 11:35 PM

We all know how much extra care should be taken during the pregnancy period for the mother's and child's well-being. Like any other prenatal care, it is important to give special care to your dental health. Why? Being pregnant increases the chance of several oral or dental health problems, which may lead to pregnancy complications in the worst-case scenario.

So, here, we are going to see some tips to take care of dental health before and during pregnancy:

Before pregnancy

Give extra care for your teeth and gums before you become pregnant. Various studies have established a possible link between gum (periodontal) disease in pregnant women and premature birth and low birth weight. This can put your baby at risk. Therefore, it is important to make sure that you have good dental health without any diseases. Consider visiting your dentist before you get pregnant to have a detailed oral examination and necessary treatments done. This can help to keep your teeth and gums healthy and reduce the risk of premature birth.

 Follow a proper daily oral hygiene habit - brush your teeth twice a day with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Also, never skip the habit of flossing. 

During pregnancy

  1. Don't miss your regular dental checkup. Visit your nearest dentistry every six months. This will avoid chances of dental problems during pregnancy.
  2. During your dental visits, tell your dentist that you are pregnant even though all the routine dental care can be carried out during pregnancy.
  3. It is best to avoid more complex treatments and dental x-rays. Tell your dentist the information of all medications you are taking. This will help to come up with a suitable treatment plan as per your medical condition.
  4. Keep up good oral hygiene practices. Brush your teeth twice a day with a toothbrush with soft bristles since there is a chance that your gums would be more sensitive while you are pregnant. Use fluoride toothpaste. Also, don't forget flossing.
  5. Avoid smoking. It can affect not only your dental health but also the unborn baby's health.
  6. Eat healthy foods and drink a lot of water—control cravings for sweets. Include fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, whole grains, vitamin-filled foods in your diet. This will provide you and your baby with essential nutrients. Remember, the fetus's teeth will start developing during the third and sixth months of pregnancy. 

Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful phases of a women's life. But it can be most complicated too, if not taken proper care of. So, always remember to take care of your dental or oral health during pregnancy.

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