During pregnancy your body experiences hormonal changes, which affect both your health and the growth and development of your little baby. That is why, when you are pregnant, it is more important than ever to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Here are five essential things you should know about maintaining perfect dental health before, during, and after pregnancy.
If you’re planning on having a child, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with your Burien dentist prior to getting pregnant. During your visit, the dentist will not only clean your teeth but will also check the health of your gums. If the dentist notices any potential issues, you can address them together before pregnancy.
While you might not notice a difference in your dental health during first trimester of your pregnancy, do not neglect your daily brushing and flossing routine. Gums often become swollen, which can lead to other issues, particularly gum disease. The hormonal changes during pregnancy often also leads to dry mouth, especially at night and can lead to relaxed ligaments in your body, including those in your mouth, and loose teeth.
Your dental health has a big impact on your overall health which has a major influence on the health of your baby. Poor dental health has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight in babies.
Therefore, next to keeping a good oral hygiene while pregnant, it’s also very important to see your Burien dentist for regular checkups and in-office cleanings.
Because things change so quickly during pregnancy, it is recommended to visit the dentist multiple times over the course of nine months. Frequent dental visits can keep your oral health in line and alert you to problems as they arise, instead of when they turn into something bigger down the road. Make sure your dentist knows you are pregnant, as that can affect the treatments and medicine you receive.
Eating foods rich in calcium and nutrients, like dairies and leafy greens can greatly improve your oral health. Next to being important for your teeth, calcium is very important for your baby’s teeth and bones.
In addition, drink plenty of water and avoid sugar drinks. A common pregnancy problem – dry mouth, which is often combined with headaches, can be eliminated by drinking lots of water so that mouth can stay moist.
Pregnancy means it is even more important to continue good, basic dental habits. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with an fluoride toothpaste and in addition, be sure to rinse with a fluoride mouthwash.
If you experience morning sickness, rinse your mouth as soon as possible. Should your toothpaste make you feel nauseous, be sure to switch brands or change to a milder flavor.
Soon after delivery, be sure to have a dental checkup. Although, you’ll most probably be fully occupied with your newborn, try to keep up with biannual dental appointments, and check in with your dentist regularly to maintain optimal oral health.
If have any questions or concerns about your oral health during pregnancy, don’t hesitate to consult your Burien dentist and get a proper advice.