One of the things that often worries pregnant patients is their dental care while pregnant. There are unfortunately many myths that have contributed to a fear of dentists during pregnancy but like all myths, there is generally no scientific reason to buy into them.
So in today’s blog, Advanced Dentistry takes a look at oral health whilst pregnant and hopefully in the process of doing so, will make any pregnant patient feel a lot more confident about seeking out treatment.
Looking after your oral health
It’s actually very important to look after your teeth and your gums while you are pregnant as the body experiences a considerable amount of hormonal changes – which can actually increase the risk of gum disease for example.
These things in turn actually can affect baby’s health. This is why it’s so important to visit your dentist before you become pregnant, as any issues can be addressed ahead of time.
Tips and advice
Dental treatment during the first trimester and second half of the third trimester is something you should avoid if you can. This is important development time for your baby. However, routine dental care can be received during the second trimester. This is why it’s important to see your dentist prior to pregnancy, as any elective procedures can be carried out in good time.
Other things to note:
-Always make sure your dentist knows of any medications you are taking (including prenatal vitamins).
-Avoid x-rays during pregnancy
-Do not avoid your dentist for your regular check-up just because you’re pregnant! You should work hard to maintain your oral health.
-Take a little extra care of your gums as during pregnancy periodontal disease is a much higher risk.
-Brush your teeth twice a day, for at least two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Flossing is also essential.
Avoid sugary foods and snacks during pregnancy if you can. They aren’t good for your teeth or baby’s overall health. A balanced diet is best! Calcium rich foods are also good for your baby’s teeth which develop about three months into pregnancy.