• How to Look After Your Teeth During Pregnancy

    How to Look After Your Teeth During Pregnancy

    During pregnancy, hormonal changes can leave your gums feeling more irritated and inflamed than usual. If you develop red, puffy or tender gums that bleed when you brush your teeth, you may be experiencing an exaggerated response to plaque build-up.

    Before pregnancy

    It’s always important to take care of your teeth and gums before pregnancy. However, there is a possible link between periodontal (gum) disease in pregnant women, premature birth and low birth weight which puts your baby at risk for numerous health conditions. 

     

    Research shows 18 out of 100 premature births shows a possible link to severe periodontal disease. Brush your teeth along the gum line twice daily, with a small, soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. 

     

    If you are planning on becoming pregnant, it’s a good idea to book an appointment with your dentist. Our team at Karalee Family Dental Clinic can provide advice on how to take care of your oral health whilst being pregnant. 

    During pregnancy

    Your dental health has a major impact on your overall health, which influences the health of your baby. It’s important to maintain a good dental health routine throughout your pregnancy. 

     

    If you are pregnant or suspect that you are, tell your dentist when you schedule your appointment. Advise your dentist to check your gums and tell you how to care for them. 

     

    Majority of dental procedures are safe for pregnant women. If possible, dental x-rays should be avoided during pregnancy. If considered essential for you to have an x-ray, special care and extra precautions will be taken. 

    Dealing with morning sickness

    Most women will suffer from morning sickness which can lead to vomiting, gastric reflux (heartburn). In both of these conditions, the stomach contains acid that can coat the teeth. This acid can cause dental erosion and increase the risk of tooth decay by dissolving the tooth enamel. 

     

    Here are a few helpful tips to prevent tooth erosion: 

    • Do not brush your teeth for at least 30 minutes after vomiting or reflux. This will give the tooth enamel time to recover after the acid.
    • Rinse your mouth with water after you vomit to help wash away the acid, and use fluoride toothpaste on your teeth to strengthen your enamel and refresh your mouth.

    Taking care of your teeth

    Practising good dental hygiene is even more important when you are pregnant. To avoid a build-up of plaque, thoroughly clean your teeth and gums twice daily. Brush in the morning after breakfast and before bedtime, only floss once a day. 

    For healthy teeth and gums during pregnancy, you should also: 

    • Drink plenty of water.
    • Avoid sugar-filled drinks 
    • Eat a wide variety of healthy foods. 
    • Eat 2 ½ serves of calcium dense foods such as milk. Calcium is extremely beneficial for your baby’s teeth and bones. 

    For more information, contact your dentist Redbank to book your appointment!

    Leave a reply →