YOUR DENTAL HEALTH IN PREGNANCY
The joy of expecting a baby is a wonderful time in life. While the focus of a Mum-to-be is understandably on wanting the best for her unborn child her own health cannot be ignored, including dental health.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect your teeth, gums and mouth. Gums can bleed more easily, known as pregnancy gingivitis. Morning sickness and intolerance to certain usual foods in her diet can place a pregnant woman at greater risk of dental decay and erosion. Prevention is the key as always to minimising these issues.
Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after vomiting; wait at least 30 mins and try to rinse out with water straight away (or water with a quarter teaspoon of baking soda) to help flush away and neutralize acids. Avoid sugary snacks and chew sugar free gum to stimulate saliva. See your dentist for a regular 6 monthly check up and clean. Step up gum care at home with twice daily brushing and flossing.