A woman’s body goes through plenty of changes during a pregnancy, so it can sometimes be easy to forget about oral health. You’ve probably already heard numerous times how your oral health impacts your overall health, either negatively or positively. The same is true when you’re pregnant, except now it impacts your baby as well! Here are some things to remember about your preventative dental care during your pregnancy.
It’s more important now than ever to brush after every meal, or at least twice each day. When you limit the spread of bacteria and plaque, you’ll not only be keeping your mouth and your unborn baby healthy. Not brushing after every meal could lead to gum disease, which isn’t something you want to deal with on top of the other changes you’re experiencing while being pregnant.
Side Effects of Being Pregnant
Many women experience acid reflux and morning sickness as a result of being pregnant. If you have or are going through either of those symptoms, don’t forget about the impact it has on your oral health. Vomiting could cause tooth erosion because of the stomach acid wearing down the enamel. Some dental preventative care techniques include washing your mouth out occasionally with water or mouthwash. The goal is to keep as much bacteria out of your mouth as possible to avoid it making its way to your baby.
Watch Your Diet
Cravings can be difficult to satisfy when you’re pregnant. Sometimes you just can’t avoid those sugary foods. Try to limit the sugary snacks as much as possible, but be sure to use proper preventative dental care by brushing and flossing after eating these types of snacks.
A pregnancy can make your body change in more ways than you imagined. However, sticking to your regular dental routine and visiting your preventative dentistry office as normal will help keep you and your baby healthier. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your oral health during your pregnancy.