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 Preparing for Good Dental Health during Pregnancy

Preparing for Good Dental Health during Pregnancy

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You may wonder why we are talking about dental health in this section of getting pregnant. This is because dental health plays a key role in overall health and well-being of both you and your baby.

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Dental problems may crop up when you are pregnant and the hormones are to be blamed for it.

Pregnancy and Dental Health: What’s the Connection?

When you get pregnant, the changes that occur in your body affect your teeth and gums, such as:

There is more acid formation in your mouth.
The levels of progesterone hormone are increased.

It is best to have a dental checkup before you become pregnant to rule out any dental health problem.

An increased progesterone level can lead to swollen gums. Your gums might also become red or sore. Together with oestrogen, the progesterone hormone affects the tissues and bones that keep your teeth in place.

Morning sickness and vomiting during early pregnancy may also leave more acid in your mouth resulting in tooth decay. To avoid that, it is important to start taking
care of your oral health before pregnancy.

Keeping your Teeth and Gums Healthy

If you are planning for a pregnancy, here are the tips for maintaining a good oral health:

Brush your teeth thoroughly for about 2 or 3 minutes at least twice-daily.
Use fluoridated toothpaste, as fluoride helps harden your tooth enamel and decreases the risk of tooth decay.
Choose a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles.
Floss between your teeth to remove any food stuck between your teeth that your toothbrush might have missed out. If you smoke, now is the time to quit.
Avoid chewing tobacco.
Cut down on sugary foods and drinks. Choose low-sugar foods, like fruits, vegetables, etc.

While scheduling an appointment with your dentist, be sure to tell him or her about your plans for pregnancy. This will help your dentist to schedule any special treatment or X-rays before you conceive or become pregnant.

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