Updated: Mar 26
Dental problems may become apparent amongst expectant mothers, such as periodontitis (gum disease), cavities and tooth decay. During pregnancy, hormonal changes may affect the gums and teeth. Therefore, maintaining a good dental care regimen is very important; i.e. brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing once daily, rinsing twice daily and visiting the dentist regularly. It upkeeps good dental health during pregnancy.
Consider, poor dental health can affect the expectant mother and the fetus. Expectant mother with tooth decay may spread the bacteria to her fetus. An interesting fact, the fetus starts developing his/her teeth during 3rd month of pregnancy. When experiencing toothache or any dental discomfort, expectant mother should consult the doctor quickly rather than self-medicating.
How to prevent dental problems during pregnancy?
Don't compromise on dental care. It is recommended that expectant mothers follow the dental care regimen even more diligently.
Morning sickness may lead to stomach acid flowing into the mouth. Rinse your mouth after vomiting (if there is morning sickness).
Avoid excessive intake of acidic food. If acid is not rinsed away, it attracts bacteria easily and in turn, affects the enamel.
Avoid excessive intake of sugary foods and carbohydrates, which may cause tooth decay.
Start using a Dental Water Jet (in the "flossing step") to wash away filths or food residues trapped in between the teeth that brushing and rinsing may not be good enough. It is easy and pleasant.
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