Congratulations on your pregnancy! This time is full of anticipation, joy, love, and plenty of questions. With all of the smiling you’re doing, it’s important to keep your pearly whites sparkling as your body and oral health go through changes during your pregnancy.
Learn what your smile needs during your pregnancy!
Brushing and Flossing Twice a Day – Hormones during pregnancy can affect your gums, making them more enflamed and sensitive to bacteria – a disease known as pregnancy gingivitis. Keep the bacteria away by brushing with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and getting between the teeth with floss every day.
Calcium – Your baby’s bones are building with the calcium from your body. That means your bones and teeth could suffer if you aren’t getting enough calcium. Incorporate dairy products and calcium-rich vegetables like broccoli into your diet to ensure you’re getting enough calcium for your baby as well as yourself! If you’re worried that you aren’t getting enough, a daily calcium supplement is a great way to keep that vitamin up in your body!
Fluoride Mouthwash – If you’re suffering from morning sickness, the stomach acid can wreak havoc on your teeth and promote tooth decay if you don’t take care of it. Rinse your mouth with fluoride rinse afterward to keep your teeth safe. If the smell or taste of the mouthwash makes you queasy, swishing water in your mouth is a good option as well.
Regular Dental Checkups – Even if you’re following the book to the letter, dental checkups are a good idea to make sure your oral health stays at its best. If morning sickness is making brushing your teeth difficult, your dentist can also give you bland toothpaste at these visits. Be sure to make a list of the medicines and vitamins you are taking as well as any changes in your oral health that you’ve noticed before you go to the doctor so you are sure to cover everything!
By keeping up with your oral health during pregnancy, your smile is guaranteed to be as white and healthy as can be when the little one arrives! To keep up on your oral health during pregnancy, don’t force yourself into an uncomfortable dentist’s chair! Come to Foley Dental Group and grab a chocolate chip cookie, snuggle into a recliner, and enjoy your favorite shows on Netflix during your appointment. Request your appointment today at www.foleydentalgroup.com!