Pregnancy & Dental Care
Pregnancy & Dental Care Warrnambool
Pregnancy causes your body to undergo many changes and requires you to take additional and special care of your health.
Because your intake of nutrients and minerals during pregnancy must accommodate for you and your baby, getting a sufficient amount ensures a healthy pregnancy and the proper development of your baby.
Dental Care during Pregnancy
To maintain healthy teeth during pregnancy, you should first consider how pregnancy affects your oral health.
When you are pregnant, elevated hormone levels in your body actually affect the way your gum tissue reacts to plaque.
Pregnancy makes your gums much more sensitive and prone to gum disease such as gingivitis.
Gum disease is so common among pregnant women that the term ‘pregnancy gingivitis’ is sometimes used to describe the resulting condition.
If not treated or monitored, gingivitis can lead to more serious periodontal diseases.
Pregnancy also causes the risk of non-cancerous tumours in the mouth which are the result of irritated gums.
These are usually left alone and shrink after childbirth or can be removed by a dentist if they become too uncomfortable for the mother.
It is extremely important to see a dentist regularly for check-ups and cleaning as well as maintain healthy oral hygiene at home and a healthy diet during pregnancy.
Failure to do so can significantly increase the risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
Tips for Maintaining Healthy Teeth and Gums During Pregnancy
- See your dentist as soon as you know you’re pregnant to have your teeth and gums evaluated and get professional advice
- Brush teeth and gums every morning, night, and after meals when possible
- Brush your gums gently with a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste
- Make sure to brush the gum line—where the teeth and gum meet—thoroughly
- Floss thoroughly and regularly
- Limit sugary food and drinks such as soda, snacks, and too much fruit juice
- Sip water throughout the day
- Rinse your mouth out regularly
- Avoid smoking
- See your Warrnambool dentist regularly