Caring for Your Teeth During Pregnancy
By on October 29, 2014
From the Oral-B website:
Pregnancy is one of several health conditions that make your teeth and gums more vulnerable to plaque buildup and infection.
You’re only pregnant for about 9 months, but it’s important to pay special attention to your oral health before, during and after pregnancy.
Research shows that hormonal changes during pregnancy make the mom-to-be more susceptible to gingivitis. But early signs of gum disease during pregnancy appear to be reversible.
During pregnancy, women are likely to eat and drink more frequently throughout the day. And with the more frequent sugar intake comes an increased risk for cavities, so it is important to stick with a regular brushing and flossing routine.
If you’re pregnant, your dentist needs to know about the first signs of gum disease symptoms. Pregnant women are at increased risk for periodontal disease because the increased levels of progesterone that come with pregnancy cause an exaggerated response to plaque bacteria. As a result, pregnant women are more likely to develop gingivitis even if they follow a consistent oral health care routine.
Gingivitis is most common during months two to eight of pregnancy. Tell your dentist when you are pregnant — he or she may recommend more frequent dental cleanings during the second trimester or early in the third trimester to help combat the effects of increased progesterone and help you avoid gingivitis.
In addition, eating a balanced diet during pregnancy will help promote dental health and overall health for you and your baby. A baby’s teeth begin to develop between months 3 to 6 of pregnancy, so be sure that you are getting enough calcium, vitamin D, C and A, phosphorous, and protein.
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