A woman’s body goes through many changes during pregnancy, some which can affect her oral health. Unfortunately, many expecting mothers overlook dental care during this important time in their lives. In this blog post, trusted Longmont dentist Dr. Amy Farmer shares her top oral health tips all expecting mothers should know.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Not only are routine dental checkups safe during pregnancy, they are also recommended and necessary in order to monitor changes in oral health. Pregnant women are at risk of certain dental issues including gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease. If you have gingivitis, your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings in order to control the condition and minimize the risk of further dental problems to you and your baby. It is also important to note that dental X-rays are safe during pregnancy, as they emit a low level of radiation. Be sure to keep your dentist in the loop on how far along you are in your pregnancy, any changes in your mouth you notice and any medications you are currently taking.
Brush and Floss Regularly
Good oral hygiene is crucial before, during and after pregnancy. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day. Be sure to use ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste.
A healthy diet during pregnancy (and in general) should include plenty of nutrients such as vitamins A, C, and D, protein and calcium. While having a larger appetite during pregnancy is normal, frequent snacking can put you at risk of tooth decay. If you do choose to snack, opt for foods low in sugar and fat such as fruits, veggies and plain yogurt.
Rinse after Morning Sickness
Morning sickness is a normal part of pregnancy. Unfortunately, the stomach acid from frequent vomiting can erode tooth enamel and put your teeth at risk of decay. If you experience morning sickness, rinse your mouth with water and baking soda to neutralize the acid.
Contact Dr. Farmer Today
Dr. Farmer encourages you to stay on top of your oral health during your pregnancy. For more information on dental health during pregnancy, please schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Farmer. Call her Longmont office at (303) 776-1480.