7 Tips For Better Oral (Dental) Health

During Pregnancy

Good oral health is essential during pregnancy. This includes the health of both teeth and gums.

Dental issues can be exaggerated by changing hormone levels during pregnancy. Taking good care of your mouth is essential for your own sake and the baby’s. Follow these pregnancy dental care tips for a healthier mouth and baby.

1. Go for an early check-up:

Special care should be taken of dental health during your conception phase. Fluctuating hormone levels during pregnancy can trigger or exaggerate some dental issues. Many women who previously had healthy teeth and gums may notice swollen or bleeding gums during their pregnancy. This condition is sometimes called “pregnancy gingivitis.”

Schedule an appointment with your dentist to get your dental health assessed. You may be advised to get a professional clean-up done. Treat any cavities or infections early.

The best is to get all the required treatment before you conceive.

2. Plan a mid-pregnancy check-up:

Since hormonal changes can exaggerate oral problems, it is advisable to visit a dentist after the first trimester and get a cleaning if required.

3. Practice the basics:

Brush at least twice daily for two minutes. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Floss daily to clean between the teeth where it is tough for the toothbrush bristles to clean.

4. Don’t self-medicate:

Never try to treat a toothache or bleeding gums with over-the-counter drugs. Always take the advice of your dentist. You may also consult your gynaecologist before taking any medicines or undergoing surgery.

5. Check your diet:

Eat lots of fruits that can help reduce cavities and plaque build-up. Avoid sugary foods and drinks that cause acid build-up in the mouth and can damage your teeth.

6. Rinse your mouth often:

If you suffer from morning sickness, brush or rinse your mouth thoroughly after throwing up. Food particles can lead to acidity in the mouth and can damage the teeth.

7. Reach for help in the right direction:

If you feel that problems like bleeding gums or cavities are causing trouble anytime during the pregnancy, never self-treat. Instead, your dentist should do your treatment in conjunction with your gynaecologist. Make sure that you inform both about your condition and the treatments that have been planned for you. Essential treatments like cleaning and fillings can be undergone with ease (the dentist at SK SMILE DENTAL CLINIC would decide based on the condition).

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