If you are pregnant, congratulations but did you realise that your diet during pregnancy and your oral hygiene can affect your unborn child’s teeth? Ensuring your oral habits and your diet are the healthiest possible will protect you both.
Keep up with Your Regular Checkups and Cleanings
Routine dental checkups and cleanings and even many procedures are perfectly safe during pregnancy. Don’t worry, as we will make sure any treatments prescribed will not harm your baby. Ideally, when you know you’re pregnant, come and see us here at Coastal Smiles so we can check your dental health. It’s especially important to monitor your gum health during pregnancy because hormonal changes can increase inflammation and bleeding. You may need more frequent hygiene appointments to minimise this risk.
Maintaining Good Oral Health and Overall Health During Pregnancy
Maintain your regular routine of brushing twice daily and flossing once-a-day. If you experience morning sickness, rinse your mouth with water but wait at least half an hour before brushing. This reduces the effects of strong stomach acid on your teeth.
You may need to increase your dietary intake of specific vitamins including vitamins A, C and D. Also, make sure you eat plenty of foods that are rich in calcium, phosphorus and protein and which will help your baby’s teeth to develop.