Dental Heath & Pregnancy
With a new baby on the way or recently born, the last thing on your mind is your teeth. Cravings are out of control, none of your clothes fit whatsoever, and your body is in the middle of one of the most significant changes it will ever go through. With just a few extra steps, you can make sure that dental health is the last of your worries during this critical time in your life.
The Myths About Mother’s Dental Health
There are some misconceptions out there related to pregnancy and oral care.
- It is not safe for pregnant women to go to the dentist because of X-rays and other procedures that could be harmful to the baby. That is not the case. At the least, you should continue with routine dentist appointments while pregnant.
- Teeth lose massive amounts of calcium during pregnancy because of the growing baby. Again, that is not true. Rather, most dental changes happening during pregnancy are caused by hormone changes in the body.
Oral Health Issues
Gingivitis is one of the most common dental issues for expecting mothers. High levels of the progesterone hormone can create more acid in the mouth during pregnancy, which can lead to gingivitis. Symptoms include red, swollen gums that can bleed during brushing or flossing.
If left untreated gingivitis can become a severe gum disease called periodontitis. The increased acid in your mouth can also travel to your baby, which increases the risk of premature birth and low birth weight.
Tooth decay is another risk during pregnancy, especially if you suffer from morning sickness. The acid in your mouth breaks down tooth enamel when you vomit. If you are one of the lucky mamas out there with morning sickness, the level of acid in your mouth will increase due to more vomiting, as does the risk for tooth decay. Serious tooth decay can lead to cavities or even tooth loss.
Dental Treatment and Prevention
The best way to avoid issues like these is to step up a daily dental routine and stick with it during and after your pregnancy. Commit to brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing once per day. Use a bacteria-killing mouthwash after brushing or between meals if you do not have a chance to brush.
Make sure to drink lots of water to combat dry mouth (another cause of dental problems) and stick to a diet that is low in sugar and starch. If the craving for sugar or carbs does strike, try to brush your teeth as soon as possible after eating those foods.
Routine dental procedures like cleanings, cavity fillings and X-rays are safe to be performed during pregnancy. At Family 1st Dental, we are committed to working with all of our new and expecting moms to provide the best dental care possible throughout pregnancy. Contact us at (402) 644-3177 to schedule an appointment so we can set you and your baby up for success.Share
Posted on: Monday, March 11, 2019
Last modified on: Monday, March 11, 2019