Oral Health and Pregnancy
What you should know
If you’re currently pregnant or planning for a pregnancy in the future, you might want to brush up on how pregnancy impacts your oral health. Remember to maintain good dental hygiene habits throughout your pregnancy such as brushing for two minutes twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily. Follow these other pregnancy tips to ensure the best oral health for your mouth.
Keep our dental team informed.
It’s important for the Huntersville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry staff to know of any changes to in health. Pregnancy is definitely a big change! Please notify us of any medications you are taking and if you have a high-risk pregnancy or medical condition related to your pregnancy.
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X-rays are safe but can wait unless necessary.
While radiation exposure from dental x-rays is quite low and considered safe with appropriate shielding, dental x-rays are generally postponed unless there is an urgent dental issue that cannot wait until after delivery.
Combat morning sickness.
When accompanied by vomiting, morning sickness can be harsh on a mom-to-be’s teeth and gums. Protect your teeth from acid by rinsing with a teaspoon of baking soda and water.
Watch out for pregnancy gingivitis.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make some women more prone to developing gingivitis, a form of gum disease. If you notice changes in your mouth, such as red, swollen or tender gums, please contact our office.
Limit snacking on foods high in sugar
Growing a baby takes a lot of energy. You may feel hungry and need to eat more frequently during the day. Choose snacks wisely to avoid consuming too much sugar. Pregnancy can increase your risk for tooth decay.
Increase your calcium intake.
Your baby needs calcium to grow not only strong bones but also healthy teeth. Milk, cheese, dried beans and leafy green vegetables are good sources of calcium.
Care for your newborns mouth.
Your new baby will not have teeth for six months or so, but get into the practice of good oral hygiene by wiping your infant’s gums to remove residue after feedings.