Besides bringing you the biggest joy of your life, a pregnancy can also affect your teeth and gums. The increase of hormones can make it more difficult to fight plaque. Moreover, studies have shown that if you develop gum disease whilst you are pregnant, you are more likely to give birth to a premature baby. Therefore, following a good and healthy oral hygiene, you can decrease the risk of any dental issues and a early delivery throughout pregnancy.
Don’t brush after vomiting
Morning sickness is very common for pregnant women and will make you fell the urge to brush your teeth immediately. However, brushing your teeth this early can cause stomach acids to eat away at your tooth enamel. Hence, wait at least an hour and if your moth feels icky, you can rinse it out with non-acidic and alcohol free mouthwash.
Be careful when flossing
A pregnancy can increase the risk of gum disease, which leads you to always floss your teeth. Floss between your teeth carefully before brushing them, Flossing removes food pieces and plaque, which the toothbrush can’t reach. Don’t worry if your gums bleed after flossing your teeth for the first time – after the removal of built-up plaque, your gums should stop bleeding.
Calcium lowers the risk of osteoporosis and makes your teeth much stronger during a pregnancy. Great calcium sources are milk, yoghurt, spinach, cheese and almonds.If your diet does not include much calcium, talk to your doctor about taking supplements.
All in all, it is quite important to visit your dentist regularly when you are pregnant. Our dentist can help you examin your teeth and look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease and any other dental issues. For more dental treatments you can give our lovely team a call for more information.