When you are pregnant, or have a new born baby, your dental health is likely the least of your concerns. Perhaps you are suffering from cravings, you're wearing clothes because they fit not because you like them, and everything else about your body is changing rapidly.
The problem is, if you don't pay due attention to your dental health whilst you are pregnant, and after you have had your baby, there might be effects on both you and your child.
It only takes a few easy steps to ensure your oral health stays tip top, which means one less thing to worry about during this busy time.
Dental appointments are so important when you are pregnant. Routine appointments check that the pregnancy isn't having any affect on your body, and you can also have your teeth and gums checked for the effects of any cravings you might have been satisfying. You should also visit your Egham dentist for a checkup before or shortly after you become pregnant so any treatments you need can be carried out to get your teeth in great shape for your pregnancy.
Although it isn't true that the body is leached of calcium during pregnancy because of your baby, it is a good idea to consume more to support your growing baby.
Crown House Dental in Egham takes a closer look....
Eating habits have a massive effect on how healthy we are and how much we weigh, but did you know they also affect your oral health?
Grazing particularly, is a habit that has a big effect on your oral health, and is defined as eating little amounts frequently.
So you might have breakfast, then have a chocolate bar an hour later, then perhaps a couple of biscuits, then have your lunch, then a couple more biscuits mid afternoon, then dinner, then keep drinking cups of tea and little snacks into the evening. For your teeth this means a continual attack from the acid produced by the plaque that sits on your teeth after eating and until it is brushed away. So if you graze you put your teeth at a constant attack from acid, which is detrimental to enamel, the hardest part of your teeth.
So how do you protect your teeth if you are a grazer?
Make sure your child's oral health is suitably protected.
The summer holidays mean fun for all the family, especially the children who get six whole weeks off school! Sports, delicious food, seeing their friends, going on holiday: there's endless memories to be made, and treasured for the rest of their life.
During this time, it is so important to protect your child's teeth from the many risks that are associated with various activities. A child's oral health is extra precious because they are growing adult teeth to last them a lifetime, and damage to these teeth could cause permanent issues; not a positive thing to have at such a young age! Some people mistakenly believe that if a child has baby teeth and they are damaged, that the adult teeth won't be affected, but the adult teeth are already inside the gum so they can be damaged, along with the gums that are growing to protect them.
To ensure your child has a smile on their face all summer, consider taking the following precautions:
Keep Sugar Consumption Down To A Minimum
Water is the best form of hydration, so try and keep sugar consumption down to a minimum by encouraging your child to drink water instead of sugary fizzy drinks. Sugary ice creams and ice lollies should also be kept to a minimum and be given as a 'treat'. 'Healthy' sugars like frozen fruit are great and natural ways for children to cool down without all the extra additives and acid you get with processed treats. However, it's sensible to moderate even the intake of 'healthy' sugars too.
Watch Out For Starchy Foods
...When You Look To Register With A New Dentist In Egham.
When you move to a new area, you have to settle in, and part of that process involves getting yourself signed up to all the different places you will need to use; the bank, the doctors and of course the dentist.
The dentist you choose is so important because they will be responsible for the dental care for you and your entire family. In terms of oral health, it is so important the dentist is right. If you have cosmetic dentistry needs and need to have veneers maintained for example, or like to have teeth-whitening top ups, then the dentist needs to offer even more services. Perhaps you're planning to have a family, or you care for an elderly relative, in which case the dentist needs to be suitable for patients of all ages.
Your dentist really does need to be right for you, for your health, smile aesthetics and convenience. If you have moved recently and need an Egham based dentist, this list of questions to ask yourself will hopefully help you choose the right dental surgery for your family:
Are They In The Right Location?
They might be within half an hour of your home, but when do you visit the dentist? If you go in your lunch break from work, then ideally the dentist will be close to your work rather than your home. Perhaps you can only take the children to their appointments from school before returning them, so ideally the surgery will be near their school. Think about the location and if it is convenient for the times you will likely visit the dentist.
Do They Offer The Treatments I Need Or Want?
Gum disease (or periodontal disease) is common, but in many cases preventable. It comes in many different levels ranging from general inflammation of the gums, all the way to complete tooth loss and damage to the bone that keeps the teeth in place.
Although some people can be more at risk of gum disease (people on certain medications, people who smoke etc), the gum disease itself is still caused by the same process in the mouth. The bacteria in our mouths stick to the teeth resulting in plaque which we can usually brush away; however, any plaque we don't get rid of makes a harder material stuck to the teeth called tartar. The longer either plaque or tartar are on the teeth, the longer they have a chance to cause damage. The bacteria in the plaque lets out acidic bi-products that irritate the gums, and eventually cause cavities in our teeth. The gum irritation is called gingivitis, the very first stage of gum disease. At this stage gums are sore, and they may well bleed when you brush.
If this level of gum disease is not addressed, it can turn into periodontitis which is an advanced form of gum disease. At this stage the gums start to separate from the teeth and pockets are formed which are vulnerable to bacteria and easily get infections in them. These infected pockets get deeper and the soft tissues and bone that holds the teeth in place starts to get broken down until eventually everything in the area is destroyed.