Taking care of your teeth is always important, but ensuring you practice good dental hygiene during pregnancy is especially important. During pregnancy, the risk of dental problems is increased. If not taken care of, some of these dental problems could lead to health problems beyond oral issues. If you are pregnant or have a family member who is expecting, here are some helpful tips on how you can take the best care of your teeth and health during pregnancy.
Don’t Skip Your Regular Dentist Check-Ups
While you are pregnant, you may not have the desire to go to the dentist. You may even feel intimidated by sitting back in the dentist’s chair for an extended period of time or getting an x-ray done on your teeth. Rest assured that dental x-rays are safe during pregnancy. In fact, they are important to receive because any tooth decay or damage needs to be caught and taken care of immediately, especially while pregnant. Unless your doctor recommends otherwise, it is also suggested to take care of dental work such as regular cleanings, cavity fillings, and dental crowns so that these dental issues do not become worse and possibly cause further health issues.
Whatever your situation is, our dental professionals here at Apple Tree Dental will listen and take good care of you and your teeth. When you come in for your appointment, let us know if you are pregnant or possibly expecting. We are here to help you feel comfortable and confident with any concerns regarding your oral health or a visit to our office.
Practice a Healthy Daily Routine
You are more likely to have problems with your teeth and gums during pregnancy than when you are not pregnant. Because of this, it is essential that you practice a healthy daily routine of brushing and flossing your teeth. It is recommended that you brush twice a day and floss once daily. If you want to go above and beyond, you can use mouthwash with fluoride as well as a water flosser.
Reasons Pregnant Women Are At Higher Risk of Having Dental Problems
According to the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, pregnancy gingivitis and nausea and vomiting are the two major reasons pregnant women are likely to have dental problems. Pregnancy gingivitis is when hormone levels change to allow bacteria to grow more quickly in the mouth. To help stop pregnancy gingivitis from allowing too much bacteria to grow in your mouth, brush and floss your teeth daily.
Stomach acids from vomiting will cause the enamel on teeth to break down faster. To decrease the likelihood of the enamel coating on your teeth from breaking down, wash your mouth with water and brush your teeth after vomiting.
For any further questions or concerns you have regarding your oral health during pregnancy, reach out to our office. We are happy to help resolve concerns, take care of your dental health needs, and keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong for you and your baby’s safety.