07 Dec Your Oral Health During Pregnancy
It is general knowledge that pregnancy can affect your health in different ways due to hormonal and metabolic changes in your body. But it is a little-known fact that pregnancy can also affect your oral health.
How does pregnancy affect oral health?
Pregnancy can make women more prone to oral diseases such as gingivitis and cavities. The cause of this is not precisely known, but it is probably an effect of hormonal change and unhealthy eating patterns that pregnant women often resort to.
Other common oral health problems during pregnancy include bad breath, toothache, mouth sores, and receding gums.
How do you take care of oral health during pregnancy?
When you’re planning to have a baby, ask your dentist for tips regarding oral care during pregnancy.
Here are some practices you can adopt to prevent any problems:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a good fluoride toothpaste
- Floss after every meal
- Limit the number of sweets and sugary drinks you consume, especially near bedtime
- Get dental X Rays before getting pregnant to rule out any problems
- Consult your healthcare provider before taking any medication or getting any procedures done since not everything is pregnancy-safe
How can I avoid dental problems during pregnancy?
First thing’s first, prevention is better than cure! Whether pregnant or not, it’s essential to be regular with your dentist appointments. Regular checkups with the dentist ensure your oral health is top-notch and you don’t have any underlying disease.
Make sure you are taking care of your teeth to help reduce any of these issues throughout pregnancy! You can always give us a call if you have any questions!