How to Care for Your Teeth During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of eager anticipation. But don’t let your little bundle of joy wreak havoc with your mouth!

When taking care of yourself during pregnancy, your family dentist reminds you to not forget about your teeth.

Reynoldsburg Ohio family dentist Paul Loper, DDS knows that there are special things to consider about your dental health during pregnancy. The following in particular:

  • Be on the watch for “pregnancy gingivitis.” Hormonal changes are a natural part of pregnancy and because of these changes, some women may find that their gums become inflamed and start to bleed whenever they brush or floss. If this affects you, be sure to visit your family dentist to have it treated so that more serious problems don’t eventually develop.
  • Take a pass on dental X-rays. While the amount of radiation delivered from dental X-rays is extremely low, it is still a good precautionary measure to avoid them altogether during pregnancy. However, in cases of a dental emergency, dental X-rays may be unavoidable. In these instances, your family dentist and the staff will be very careful during the procedure to ensure your baby is safe.
  • Take special care of your teeth if you have “morning sickness.” Your teeth can be damaged if you vomit frequently, as your stomach acids can erode tooth enamel and cause your teeth to decay. If you vomit, use water to rinse out your mouth, followed by a fluoridated mouthwash. Or, in place of mouthwash smear fluoridated toothpaste on your teeth and then rinse. Wait for an hour before you brush your teeth, after the enamel has had time to harden after being softened by the stomach acids.
  • Brush your teeth, no matter how hard it may be. Many women find it hard to brush their teeth during pregnancy because they retch when they do so. Obviously, though, brushing is vital to maintaining optimal oral health at any time, especially during pregnancy. If retching is a problem, try using a toothbrush with a smaller head, such as one made for children. Also, try to relax and slow down, and keep breathing! If the taste of the toothpaste is causing you to gag, switch to a bland-tasting toothpaste (your family dentist may be able to recommend a brand).
  • Eat healthy. Pregnancy often causes cravings for sugary foods. But sugary foods aren’t good for your teeth. If not for yourself, though, think of your baby. If you’re at least three months’ pregnant your baby’s teeth are already starting to develop. And maintaining a healthy diet – especially one that contains plenty of calcium – is beneficial as the baby’s gums, teeth, and bones develop.

Feel free to discuss pregnancy-related dental issues with your family dentist. And if you live in the Reynoldsburg or Columbus areas and are in search of a family dentist that provides comprehensive services for all ages, you’re looking in the right place! Learn more about us today by visiting us on Facebook.

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