We are expecting a new bundle of joy here at Hubbard Dental Care. One of our assistants is having a sweet baby girl in September. We felt like this would be the perfect time to make everyone aware of the changes your mouth goes through during this magical time.
Pregnancy affects every aspect of your life, your diet, health, lifestyle, even the way you care for your teeth, and so much more. During this time you will need to pay special attention to your oral health for not only your sake, but also the sake of your growing baby’s health.
Due to raised hormone levels in your body you may become more sensitive to plaque than before your pregnancy. This can cause your gums to swell, bleed and be extra sensitive. Almost 40% of pregnant women have some form of gum disease, of which the first stage is gingivitis. Studies have linked lower birth weight and premature delivery to mothers with gum disease.
Morning sickness also causes many problems for expectant mothers. Nausea can make even brushing and flossing difficult. This simple act can induce vomiting due to an extra sensitive gag reflex. Exposure to acid, specifically strong stomach acid, causes harm to the enamel on your teeth leading to decay or sensitivity. If you do get sick to your stomach frequently with your pregnancy, your dentist may recommend rinsing your mouth out with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water to neutralize the acid and prevent any damage. Expectant moms are also very tired (your body is working hard!!) Therefore, they might not feel like putting in the extra effort into brushing and flossing, or even take care of themselves like they normally would.
If you are planning on becoming pregnant contact your dentist and have check up x-rays and a cleaning beforehand, this way you can correct any dental issues you may have before you conceive. Though the risk may be minimal, there is still a risk associated with dental restorations or x-rays while pregnant. Routine cleanings are safe while you are pregnant, just make sure your dental hygienist is aware that you are expecting so x-rays are not taken. Since you will be more susceptible to certain dental issues during this time, regular dental check ups and cleanings are a must!
Your diet also matters at this time! Your baby’s teeth start developing between 3 months and 6 months of your pregnancy. During those critical months you need plenty of vitamins A, C and D, protein, calcium and phosphorous to make sure your baby’s teeth, gums, and bones develop properly. Remember whatever you eat and drink your baby does too!
We care about you and your baby’s dental health here at Hubbard Dental Care. If you are trying to conceive or are pregnant give us a call today!