Pregnancy & Your Dental Health
Obviously it’s important to stay healthy over the course of your pregnancy, however, not many people realise the impact hormonal changes can have on the health of your teeth and gums. For some women, they can suffer from swollen or sore gums, which may bleed. This is caused by the build-up of plaque on the teeth and hormones that regulate your body’s response.
This is more commonly referred to as pregnancy gum disease or pregnancy gingivitis and if left untreated, can lead to long-term gum disease or periodontal disease which can impact the bone and tissue that supports your teeth.
How To Keep Your Teeth & Gums Healthy
Needless to say, it’s vital that you keep your teeth and gums as clean and healthy as possible. By attending your hygienist and dentist regularly, they can ensure your teeth are thoroughly clean and healthy, as well as give you advice on how to keep your teeth clean at home. But there are also a few helpful tips you can follow:
- Brush your teeth twice daily for at least 2 minutes and remember, take your time brushing, it’s not a race!
- Flossing is just as important as brushing
- Avoid fizzy drinks and treats
- Hungry between meals? Why not snack on fresh vegetables to avoid acidic foods
If you’re suffering from morning sickness, try rinse your mouth afterwards with water or non-alcohol based mouthwash. This will prevent any acid in your mouth from attacking your teeth. Don’t be tempted to brush your teeth straight away, as the enamel will be softened by the acid from your stomach, try wait an hour before doing so if at all possible.
Dental Work While Pregnant
As a general rule, we tend to avoid anything other than basic dental work during your pregnancy, so be sure to tell your dentist if you’re pregnant.
Worried about your dental health? Why not call in today for a quick check-up or contact us on 01 286 3787 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your appointment!