Pregnancy affects and causes many changes in the woman body. The hormonal changes produced during this stage also have repercussions for oral health and makes women more likely to develop gum disease.
It’s primordial to keep a special oral care during pregnancy as any health complication can also affect and be harmful to the baby.
How Can Pregnancy Affect my Oral Health?
Morning Sickness And Damage to The Teeth:
The morning sickness or nausea and vomiting during pregnancy is one of the most common struggles of pregnant women. The teeth can be affected by these symptoms as the vomit contains strong stomach acids that eat away the tooth enamel, affecting your teeth, its color and shape.
If between the second and eight months of pregnancy you feel pain in your gums or you observe that they bleed easily or look more red than usual, don’t worry. While expecting a baby, it is usual that the hormonal changes make your gums more sensitive and irritable to the bacteria produced by plaque. This issue is known as pregnancy gingivitis and consist of a moderate form of the gum disease. In most of the cases, this problem is relieved after giving birth.
Pregnancy Oral Care Tips:
Avoid Morning Sickness affect your teeth:
If you are frequently vomiting, you can avoid the stomach acids damage your teeth by rinsing your mouth after vomiting and then, waiting around 30 minutes to brush your teeth. Don’t brush your teeth immediately after throwing up, first rinse your mouth with water or with a mix of water with baking soda, then wait for 30 minutes to brush your teeth.
Keep Your Gums Healthy:
The best way to keep your gums healthy during pregnancy is to maintain a good hygiene by brushing your teeth after every meal or at least twice a day and flossing once a day to keep clean the spaces between the teeth and remove remains of food. Poor hygiene habits during pregnancy can lead to many issues like preeclampsia, premature delivery or gestational diabetes.
If Brushing Your Teeth Makes You Gag:
During pregnancy, it is common that brushing your teeth makes you gag. To solve this issue, you can try changing the flavor of your toothpaste or using a different toothbrush with a smaller head. Find what’s best for you but don’t stop brushing your teeth, remember that during this stage you are prone to develop gum disease.
Keep a Healthy Diet:
To eat healthy and balanced during pregnancy is primordial for your health and your baby’s. Your alimentary habits influences in the formation of your baby’s teeth which begins between the third and six months of pregnancy. Make sure you get enough vitamins A, C, and D, protein, calcium and phosphorous with your diet. Also, it is very important to include folic acid supplements in your diet while you expect your baby.
Schedule a CheckUp With Your Dentist:It is important to visit your dentist regularly also during pregnancy and even more if you note changes in your mouth or teeth. Your dentist can help you avoid and control gingivitis during this stage and he may also recommend doing some cleanings.
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