Pregnancy is a joyful and busy time for a woman, but in all that excitement pregnant women should also make certain to take care of their dental health both for themselves and their babies.
Most routine treatment is perfectly safe during pregnancy. During the first trimester, however some procedures and medications should be avoided.
The best way to be sure what is safe to do is to be certain that your A Supa Smile dentist knows you are pregnant.
Here are 4 important pieces of advice
- Care for your teeth and gums, even if they seem healthy. Gum disease is correlated to premature delivery and low birth weight. And simply by maintaining your healthy gums you can stop the transfer of decay-causing bacteria to your baby and prevent early childhood tooth decay.
- Avoid or treat vomiting, and acid reflux caused by morning sickness. Some pregnant women experience morning sickness with vomiting and/or acid reflux during pregnancy. Vomiting and acid reflux increase the risk of tooth erosion.
- Hormonal changes can cause pregnant women to develop gum disease during pregnancy. Seek treatment of affected gums to avoid this.
- Quit smoking! In fact, you should stop using all tobacco products, whether you are pregnant or not! But, smoking while pregnant is not good for you or your unborn child, and can lead to gum disease. It affects both of you, so quitting is good for both of you!
There are low-cost and easy ways to reduce this risk. Rinse your mouth with water or a mouthwash, chew sugar free gum, or smear a dab of toothpaste on your teeth. Then wait 30 minutes before brushing if you have vomited.
Signs of gum disease include bad breath, red gums (instead of pink), swollen gums, and bleeding gums.
Talk to A Supa Smile in Croydon about how to treat your dental health before, during, and after pregnancy!
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