What you need to know about Dental Hygiene during Pregnancy

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Pregnancy indeed is a mixed bag. You’re excited about the news as well as busy adjusting with all the changes that your body is going through.

You’ll have lots on your plate, but that’s no reason to ignore your dental health. Here’s a list I’ve put together to make sure you are prepared and take good care of your best mommy smile.

 

Dentists Appointments

Don’t skip on your dental appointments. Let your dentist know of the medications you’re taking.

Your mouth will be affected by the hormonal changes you experience during pregnancy. An inflammation of the gums can cause swelling and tenderness, commonly called “pregnancy gingivitis”, a mild form of gum disease. You can keep gingivitis at bay by more frequent cleaning, usually recommended by dentists.

If you notice any changes in your mouth during pregnancy, see your dentist. Gingivitis if left untreated, can lead to more serious gum disease.

Don’t panic if you need an X-ray

A dental X-ray might be necessary due to an emergency or for diagnosing a dental problem, your dentist or hygienist will cover you with a lead apron to minimize exposure to the abdomen.

If you suspect anything abnormal in your teeth, fill out our consultation form here. Alternatively give us a call at + 91 9822167433.

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Morning Sickness

Is morning sickness bothering you?

The queasy feeling of vomiting frequently can be pacified by speaking to your dentist about suggesting a different toothpaste. If it’s worse while cleaning your tongue, do it slowly and steadily. It’ll help your teeth from being spoilt by excess acid from the stomach.

Talk to your dentist about using a bland toothpaste which could help relieve morning sickness.

Be Mindful Of What You Eat

Your baby’s teeth start developing between the third and sixth months. It is essential that you have a healthy diet consisting of vitamin A, C, and D, protein, calcium and phosphorous. It’s normal to have cravings.

Have nutritious foods such as raw fruits and vegetables, yogurt, or cheese which are low on sugar. They will keep you and your baby healthy and prevent tooth decay.

Local Anesthetics Are NOT Harmful

If you need a filling, root canal treatment or a tooth to be extracted during pregnancy, don’t  worry about the safety of the numbing anesthesia your dentist may use during the procedure. They are safe for both you and your baby.

According to a study in August 2015 reported in the Journal of the American Dental Association,
Anesthetics like lidocaine shots administered to pregnant women were safe, as they didn’t have any adverse effect on newborns.

I wish you the best on the new journey that you are about to begin, and hope that you will not ignore your dental health during pregnancy.

If you would like to come in for a checkup at smilefactory please feel free to make an appointment here or follow us on our FB page.

 

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