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Oral Care During Pregnancy

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When you’re pregnant there is a huge list of new things to consider and prepare for in the next 9 months. Oral care is generally not the immediate priority, however there are a few things worth considering during this amazing time.

During pregnancy, hormonal changes can make your gums more easily irritated and inflamed. If you develop red, puffy or tender gums that bleed when you brush, you are most likely experiencing an exaggerated response to plaque build up on your teeth. To help prevent this, carefully brush and floss.

It is also very important to tell your dentist that you are (or suspect that you are) pregnant. They can then advise on the best way to care for your teeth and gums.

Morning sickness is not only inconvenient and unpleasant, but the stomach acid that passes over your teeth can cause dental erosion and increase the risk of tooth decay.

To protect your teeth, rinse your mouth with water after exposure to wash away the acid and apply some fluoride toothpaste on your teeth to refresh your mouth and help strengthen the enamel. Don’t brush your teeth for at least 30 minutes after exposure to acids as this will give the enamel time to recover.

Dental X-rays should be avoided during pregnancy unless your dentist considers it essential.

As well as your own oral care, there are ways to help your baby have the best start in this department. Calcium is very important for your baby’s teeth and bones. From four months old your baby’s teeth and bones begin to calcify. The calcium and phosphorus needed comes from what you eat, and if necessary from your bones.

These minerals do not come from your teeth. From seven months your baby needs even more calcium and phosphorous. Dairy foods are the best source for these minerals.

For more advice on dental care while pregnant, book a check up and clean with Smile Dental Clinics today.

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