Matters of the Mouth While Pregnant
Being pregnant creates special circumstances for your oral health
Tooth Care During Pregnancy. Conditions during pregnancy make mouths more vulnerable to disease. A little extra attention goes a long way to maintain a healthy smile. Step-by-step and trimester-by-trimester here are the things that will keep teeth healthy.
It’s still early in the pregnancy but hormones and morning sickness can start making big changes to oral wellness.
- Check with your insurance provider, you may be allowed extra cleanings and check-ups while pregnant.
- If you’re suffering from morning sickness stay hydrated. Also, Rinsing the mouth frequently keeps gums healthy.
- Avoid triggering nausea, use a bland toothpaste and small, soft toothbrush.
- Contact your dentist, ask if they have any special recommendations during your pregnancy.
- Check gums regularly for Pregnancy Gingivitis. Look for puffy, inflamed gums. Changes in hormones often cause symptoms in the mouth too.
Trimester two marks the middle of pregnancy. The end is closer, stay on top of oral care to keep teeth healthy.
- In the second trimester avoid eating sugary snacks, your gums are the most vulnerable at this point in the pregnancy.
- DO NOT skip brushing or flossing. Vigilance will pay off with healthy gums and teeth at the end of pregnancy.
- Take vitamins and supplements as instructed by your doctor. Make sure your diet includes lots of Vitamin C, Calcium and Vitamin B12.
- By the second trimester some patients develop small, temporary tumors on the gums, called Pregnancy Granuloma. They can be found in the mouth, on gums or even on lips.
The home stretch is the last 6 to 12 weeks of pregnancy. Take special care to not let all of your hard work be wasted.
- You may be tired, fatigue can be chronic in pregnancy. DO NOT skip brushing or flossing. Vigilance will pay off with healthy gums and teeth at the end of pregnancy.
- At this stage, hold off on any dental procedures you need. Consult your doctor but in most cases this is the best option for mother and baby.
- Schedule a cleaning appointment for after the baby is born.
Many mothers choose to nurse their newborns. Nursing has a few provisions to keep teeth tip-top too.
- Eat lots of mineral dense foods like nuts, cheese, dark green leafy foods as they help make up. for calcium and other nutrients needed for breast milk. Ensure that your body has enough to go around.
- Use vitamins to supplement as recommended by your doctor.
- Teeth need strong dentine to keep from becoming brittle and hypersensitive.
- Proceed with any dental work, X-rays, local anesthesia and nitrous oxide are all considered safe while breastfeeding.
- Consult your dentist about removing silver fillings or any other dental work that may potentially contaminate your breastmilk.
Mother Hood is wonderful, its also a lot of work. Make life easier for yourself by maintaining healthy teeth.