Pregnancy can be a challenging period, especially for new mothers who don’t know what to expect. One thing you can do to make the journey easier is to keep on top of your dental health. Keep reading to find out what we suggest!
Undergo a full dental examination and set of x-rays before falling pregnant
If you are planning your pregnancy, it is a good idea to visit the dentist for a comprehensive examination, scale and clean, fluoride treatment and full set of x-rays prior to falling pregnant. This will allow the dentist to assess your overall dental health and address any issues that require attention before it becomes more risky.
Try to keep up with twice daily brushing
Those ladies who are experiencing morning sickness will be able to vouch for the fact that brushing teeth can be a very difficult task during pregnancy! However, it is important not to neglect this very important daily task. If the use of fluoride toothpaste is too difficult, consider the option of a non-fluoride remineralising agent instead.
Be aware of your diet
An expecting mother may find herself craving more sugary snacks and sweets than usual. While it is important to listen to cravings, be aware of how much sugar intake you are having and try to limit this to a reasonable intake.
You will experience changes!
With pregnancy come many changes in the oral cavity.
Most commonly, pregnancy hormones can cause bleeding gums. If your gums are bleeding excessively, be sure to visit your dentist.
Morning sickness, vomiting and acid reflux can lead to wear of tooth enamel. If you are experiencing these symptoms, be sure to drink plenty of tap water afterwards, and consider applying toothpaste or a tooth remineralising agent directly onto the tooth surface.
Delay any elective or cosmetic treatments
Any elective or cosmetic treatments should be delayed until after pregnancy to minimise stress on the expectant mother and developing child.
Emergency treatment can be performed at any time during pregnancy
At times, pregnant women do experience toothaches, infections and decay. While the safest period to have dental work carried out is during the second trimester, emergency dental treatment can be performed at any time during pregnancy, including x-rays and local anaesthetics. If dental infection is not treated, you will run the risk of bacteria travelling through the bloodstream into the placenta, where it can affect your baby. If you have a toothache or have identified any issues with your teeth during pregnancy, consult your dentist immediately.