Pregnancy brings happiness, dreams and new hope in anyone’s life
12 November 2018| Last updated on 28 February 2019
On a woman’s body, it's also a surge of numerous hormones that take place.
Her body goes through a lot of hormonal turmoils during each trimester. It is because of such spikes and dips of hormonal levels that her teeth and gums also gets affected. So, taking care of dental health is important during pregnancy.
Good News is that there are few things that one can follow to help maintain one’s oral health during each trimester:
If you are planning for pregnancy then please do include a dentist appointment in that plan, before getting pregnant. That way, your teeth can be professionally cleaned, gum tissue can be carefully examined, and any oral health problems can be treated in advance of the pregnancy.
Scheduling a routine dental care during pregnancy is important but also remember to check with your obstetrician if you need to follow certain precautions or instructions.
During your dentist visit, let the specialist know the names of all the medications you have been prescribed. This includes all the Vitamins, Calcium, Minerals, etc. This is important because, at times, some of the dental procedures might require alteration based on the medication.
But, if you need to get dental X-rays done, you can do that during pregnancy only your dentist will have to take extreme caution to safeguard you and your baby such as shielding your abdomen and thyroid.
Hormonal changes even increase the risk of periodontal diseases, tender gums and bleeding gums - which is termed as pregnancy gingivitis so, its always advisable to consult a specialist.
But it also goes without saying that maintaining a good oral hygiene practice can definitely prevent and/or reduce oral health problems.
Morning Sickness Vs Morning Oral Hygiene Practices
If morning sickness is stopping you from brushing your teeth then change to a bland-tasting toothpaste during pregnancy. You can ask for a recommendation from your dentist or hygienist.
Eating Right for Your Teeth and Baby
Try to avoid sugary snack as much possible. Eat a healthy and balanced diet for your overall well-being and the bundle of joy you wait for.