Taking Care of Your Teeth during Pregnancy

It would be great news to have a baby on the way. Here, it would be important to mention that taking care of your oral health is quite essential. The reason is that severe periodontal disease in pregnant women can lead to several complications which might include problems in delivery and baby with lower than normal weight.

Requirement to visit the dentist during pregnancy may seem something like an additional thing in your healthcare list. But the matter of fact is that it is not something additional. It’s rather vital.

So, you need to inform your dentist right away if you have a baby or you are planning to have a baby. Your dentist might need to consider some changes in your preventative dental treatment plans to keep your safe from dental infections.

A few things that you need to take into consideration in this regard are as under.

Dental x-rays

While there may not be any need to run dental x-ray test during pregnancy because the risk of radiation is always there, this risk is small enough to be neglected if there is an urgent need to conduct this test.

Pregnancy gingivitis

During pregnancy, your body goes through a major hormonal change. This change can have great impact on the oral health in general. The frequent disorder which tends to happen in pregnancy women is pregnancy gingivitis which is not something related to bad oral hygiene. It is rather related to the hormonal change which makes the gums tender and swollen. In this scenario, your dentist may have to clean your teeth for a few more times in order to prevent gum infection from worsening.

Risk of tooth decay

The risk of tooth decay is usually higher when you are pregnant. It is mainly due to the fact that amount of acid in the stomach is higher during pregnancy. This acidity also affects the pH level of mouth. Hence, tooth enamel can weaken as a result.

During pregnancy, women tend to eat foods which are high in carbohydrates. These high carbs can serve as extra fuel which the oral bacteria can consume in order make the process of tooth decay speedy.

It can be quite easy for the women to forget about oral hygiene altogether.  This carelessness can be even more dangerous because it can lead to poor oral health.

Things you need to do

Here, you will have to make sure that you are taking care of your oral health by following the tips mentioned below.

  • Make sure that you are brushing and flossing your teeth according to the routine.
  • You diet should be healthy and balanced. While you may feel the desire to consume foods high in carbs, you can, instead, go for the healthy options such as dairy products.
  • Make sure that you are not brushing your teeth right after vomiting. The reason is that you may be scrubbing stomach acid on your teeth while brushing.

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