Dental Care Routine During Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a time of changes for the human body. A woman needs to take extra care of her body during pregnancy to support the health of herself and baby, and her oral care is no exception.
Pregnancy hormones affect oral health. Pregnant women are more susceptible to infection and gum disease. As a result, practicing good oral hygiene habits is essential to keep gingivitis at bay during pregnancy. Here is what you can do at home to keep your teeth and gums as clean and healthy as possible.
• Use an electric toothbrush to brush your teeth at least twice a day with an anti-gingivitis toothpaste. Electric toothbrushes remove more plaque than manual ones.
• Floss every day to remove plaque from the areas where your toothbrush cannot reach.
• Rinse with an alcohol-free anti-gingivitis mouthwash to kill any remaining bacteria.
There are other important things you can do to ensure the oral health of you as well as your baby.
• Take 1200 mg of calcium daily: Calcium keeps your bones and teeth strong, and aids in the development of teeth and bones in your baby.
• Guard against the effects of morning sickness: Morning sickness is common in pregnancy, but stomach acids are harmful to your teeth. Rinse with water any time you suffer morning sickness, and keep a small toothbrush and toothpaste available to remove harmful acids from your teeth.
• Avoid dental work during the first trimester: Though professional cleanings are important to avoid gingivitis, you should postpone non-emergency dental work until after the first trimester, which is the period of development for most major organs of the baby.
• Avoid tetracycline and related antibiotics: Tetracycline in pregnancy can cause underdevelopment of tooth enamel and discoloration of teeth in children.
Contact our dentist for more information.
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