Naturally, your oral health is always important, but taking care of yourself is even more vital during your pregnancy. During this special time, you will be at greater risk for experiencing dental problems.
Visiting our gentle dentists can help you to prevent dental problems (and even treat them, if need be). When you visit our office, make sure you tell Dr. Farmer how far along you are in the course of your pregnancy. You don’t have to worry about any risks in getting a routine cleaning or dental exam while you’re expecting your bundle of joy.
We encourage young mothers to wait until the baby has been delivered before receiving elective dental treatments, such as cosmetic procedures. But if you should need to have dental treatment for a pertinent problem, the second trimester of your pregnancy is the best time.
During pregnancy, your hormones change, which often causes swelling in your gums. Swollen gums are likely to trap food, which leaves you more prone to infection and even periodontal disease.
Morning sickness is difficult on a pregnant woman’s teeth. Stomach acid eats away tooth enamel. Our doctors suggest mixing a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Rinse your mouth with this mixture after these unpleasant, morning sickness “episodes” occur.
Our dentists also recommend brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste, and they also strongly recommend flossing once daily. You can rinse your mouth with fluoridated, non-alcoholic mouth rinse, as well.
As always, be sure to eat your vegetables. Enjoy a balanced diet rich in vitamins A, C and D. And be sure you’re getting a sufficient amount of protein, calcium and phosphorous. Your baby’s first teeth will begin developing just three months into your pregnancy, so it’s important to take in good sources for your baby’s developing bones, teeth and gums.
Our friendly dentists here at Houston SmileDocs are here to help you have a good pregnancy, especially where it pertains to your dental health. Please feel free to call us at 713.784.6855 of you have any questions, and be sure to set up your appointment today!