Keeping Up With Dental Health While Pregnant

Pregnancy is a period when every woman and the people close to her are happy, nervous, anxious and impatiently waiting for the newest addition to the family. It is one of the most important times in a woman’s life when she is supposed to be as healthy as she can be, in every possible way. There are many ways for a woman to check her health and make sure everything is okay, but did you know that you should be paying special attention and care to your teeth and overall oral health? Here is why and how:

Morning sickness

Almost every woman experiences morning sickness during her pregnancy. It can be very annoying and can stop her from accomplishing even the simplest of tasks. But, it can also be very damaging for her teeth. The acidity from your stomach that comes back up is very strong, and it can lead to teeth corrosion, especially if you have morning sickness for an extended period of time. The proper course of action after dealing with morning sickness is brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and then swishing a combination of water and baking soda in your mouth. A teaspoon of baking soda into a cup of water is the proper ratio, and if you can wait the few extra minutes, it is better to first get the baking soda in, and brush your teeth afterwards.

Gingivitis

Pregnant women’s bodies change drastically, and hormones play the biggest role in that. They are responsible for the cravings, the mood swings and all the different changes you feel. But they can also influence your oral health in a big way, by causing pregnancy gingivitis. If you feel your gums swelling and you notice blood while brushing your teeth, you might be dealing with that problem. It’s nothing to worry about and it is completely normal, but there are a few things that you should do about it. First and foremost, you need to keep up with your daily routine of brushing, flossing and using a plaque-preventing toothpaste. The next thing you should do is schedule an appointment with your dentist and talk to them about what the next steps are. They will be the best person to advise you on how to keep your health at its maximum and how to prevent any further inconveniences.

Going to the dentist often

When I first got pregnant, I had just moved into a new town, so I still haven’t found a new dentist to go to. But after talking with my doctor, he persuaded me that it is absolutely crucial to find a good dentist and see them regularly while I’m pregnant, so I found an orthodontist in Sydney that I liked and he was able to tell me everything I need to know about my oral health during my pregnancy. We postponed certain procedures till after the baby was born, to avoid any risks, and he scheduled regular check-ups during the pregnancy to make sure that everything is going well. Your dentist can also advise you on what foods you can eat, and which cravings can potentially be very bad for your teeth.

To make sure you stay healthy, make sure that you are getting a lot of fresh air and light exercise. As you are going to have a lot of cravings – most of which probably not the healthiest choices – try to balance out your diet by eating as healthy as you can the rest of the time and take any supplements if needed. Most importantly, make sure you get a lot of rest and relaxation as you wait for your new best friend.

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