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How to keep a healthy oral care routine during pregnancy

It’s a common misconception that once you get pregnant, you can no longer visit your dentist. The truth is that during your pregnancy, regular dental checkups are important because your hormone levels are changing dramatically.

The change in your hormone levels during pregnancy can affect your health, and it could make you more susceptible to oral health concerns. Many women experience this in the form of gingivitis or gum disease, which can lead to the regular bleeding and swelling of the gums.

Studies have shown that gingivitis is linked to premature births or low birth-weights. Gingivitis allows bacteria to get into your gums and travel in your blood stream, where it can affect your unborn child.

While you won’t be able to get all your dental work done during your pregnancy, you should book regular check-ups and cleanings to control the bacteria in your mouth.

If you are planning to get pregnant, make sure you visit your dentist for a thorough cleaning of your mouth to avoid any oral health concerns that may come up during pregnancy. All major dental treatments should be completed either before or after pregnancy.

Things to do during pregnancy:

  • Make sure you make regular checkup and cleaning appointments with your dentist.
  • Let your dentist know that you are pregnant so they know when to book your next appointment. It’s better to book your dental appointments in the fourth to sixth month of pregnancy. During the first few months and last few months of your pregnancy, your child is developing at a fast rate. Also during the last few months of your pregnancy, it may become uncomfortable to sit in a dental chair for too long.
  • Eat a balanced and healthy diet. Your baby’s teeth start developing when they’re in the womb so high-calcium diets are highly recommended during pregnancy.
  • Use bland toothpaste so you can keep your home oral care routine going even when you have morning sickness.

Things to avoid during pregnancy:

  • Avoid getting x-rays done during pregnancy as they could potentially harm your baby.
  • Avoid sugary snacks during pregnancy as they can increase your chance of tooth decay.

If you have any further questions regarding your oral health during your pregnancy, visit a 123Dentist location today!