Being pregnant is a beautiful feeling. This is the time when you are more conscious about your health. From a well-balanced diet to prenatal care, exercising, and quitting few habits, you make sure that you have a healthy nine months.
But did you know that dental health is even more important during pregnancy? Bad oral health and gum diseases have a direct connection with low birthweight babies, preeclampsia (pregnancy complication which can damage the other organ system), and preterm births. This is why it becomes necessary for you and your baby to maintain good oral health during pregnancy:
When to Visit the Dentist
You can get oral treatment at any time during pregnancy. But, the best time to get the treatment is in the second trimester i.e from week 13 to week 28. According to the experts at Southbridge Dentistry the mouth changes during pregnancy and needs extra care to prevent oral health problems caused by hormonal gingival inflammation. Thus, if you notice any kind of swelling or infection in the tooth, get a consultation from the dentist as quickly as possible.
In addition to it, during pregnancy, there is an increase in hormones which can result in pregnancy gingivitis. Red gums, bleeding while brushing and flossing, and swelling are clear symptoms of pregnancy gingivitis. This can badly harm you and your baby’s health. Therefore, to get rid of serious health problems like pain, irritability, and tooth decay talk with your dentist about any treatment you need.
If your dental treatment gets postponed due to any reason until the second trimester, there are some other ways that you should follow to avoid the risk of developing oral problems. To know, keep reading:
Dental Care at Home: During pregnancy, you are more likely to feel tired and exhausted. But this is no excuse to go to the bed without brushing your teeth. It is very important for you to stick to a good oral routine. Consider brushing your teeth twice a day and do not forget to floss them once a day. Consult your doctor if it is safe for you to use tooth antiseptic that contains benzocaine or ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen.
Rinse Out Your mouth After Vomiting: A number of pregnant women suffer from morning sickness. If you are one of them, drinking water or rinsing out your mouth can help you remove stomach acid from your teeth. After vomiting, there is an increase in the acidity levels, which can lead to the weakening of the tooth enamel.
If you brush right after vomiting, it can lead to erosion of the tooth enamel. Thus, it is better to rinse your mouth after vomiting, rather than brushing.
Limit Sugary Products: Foods containing more sugar can damage your teeth by building cavities in your mouth. Thus, limit them and consume nutritious foods that have minerals and vitamins.
Also, drink fluoridated water, it is very effective in preventing cavities. And, on top of that, it is safe for you and your baby.
Changes in the body are a part of pregnancy and you have no control over it. The only control you have is taking care of your overall health. Because good oral health is a window to overall well-being, it is essential to take care of your oral health during pregnancy.
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