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Mind Your Oral Health During Pregnancy

Mind Your Oral Health During Pregnancy

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Good oral health is essential for a healthy pregnancy. You might be wondering why? Well, maintaining good oral health is important because infections from your mouth could spread throughout your body.

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

This could result in a significant risk to you and your baby.

Some of the common oral health problems observed during pregnancy are:

Tooth Decay: Pregnant woman are more prone to tooth decay due to an increase in acidity in the mouth. Repeated vomiting due to morning sickness worsens the problem by exposing the teeth to more gastric juice.

If you have morning sickness; after your vomit, rinse your mouth with a solution of baking soda and water (mix one teaspoon baking soda in one cup of water) to stop acid from attacking your teeth.

Gum Disease: Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that can make your gums more susceptible to plaque, leading to inflammation and bleeding. This is known as pregnancy gingivitis. Symptoms include red, swollen gums.


Tips for Maintaining Good Oral Health during Pregnancy

Practice good oral hygiene daily. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Floss regularly to remove plaque from between your teeth and gums. Rinse with a fluoride mouthwash and replace your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months, or more often.
If your last dental visit took place more than 6 months prior to becoming pregnant or if you had any oral health problems or concerns earlier, schedule an appointment at the earliest.
Limit the intake of foods that are high in sugar content such as candies, cake, etc. Read food labels carefully to help choose foods that are low in sugar. Examples of foods low in sugar are fruits, vegetables, unsweetened yoghurt and cheese.

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