You may have heard that it’s dangerous to have dental procedures done during pregnancy. This is a myth that is often perpetuated by inexperience. It is true that your teeth and gums may become more sensitive during pregnancy. Here are some of the ways that you can continue to take care of your dental health.

 

Practice Good Dental Hygiene

Brush at least twice a day and remember to floss between all of your teeth. It’s important that you continue to practice good dental hygiene in order to maintain your teeth and your oral health. Your fluctuating hormone levels can put you at an increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Taking the steps to prevent tooth damage now can help to keep your teeth healthy for the long-term.

 

Avoid Sugary Snacks and Drinks

You may find yourself snacking more than you used to before your pregnancy. Make sure to eat a well-balanced diet to maintain your overall health. Avoid eating sugar filled snacks and drinks so that you can protect your dental health. Excessive snacking may also lead to an increase of plague on your teeth. You might want to consider brushing your teeth after snacking to provide your teeth with another level of protection.

 

Rinse after Morning Sickness Episodes

Ask your dentist what type of mouth wash is best to use after your morning sickness episodes. They may recommend one that has an anti-microbial action for the most benefit to your teeth. The acid can start to cause excessive wear on your teeth if it’s left unchecked. You can also add a little bit of baking soda to water and rinse with this solution. The baking soda will help to neutralize the acid in your mouth.

 

Get a Checkup

Regular dental care is especially important during pregnancy. Let your dentist know that you’re pregnant so that they can minimize any potential risk to your baby with X-rays or some other type of dental procedure. You may want to delay any dental procedures that are more complicated than cleanings if you’re concerned about the health of your baby.

 

Being pregnant doesn’t automatically mean that you’re going to have problems with your teeth. Take steps to ensure that your mouth is as healthy as the rest of you during your pregnancy. If you do require dental work, the best time to do so is during the second trimester. Neglecting your teeth can lead to infections and other health complications.

By Lizzie Weakley

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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