28 Jul Pregnancy & Dental Health
Advice for mums-to-be in Egham.
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.
Gum disease is very common for pregnant women because hormones make the mouth more acidic which irritates gums and can lead to gum disease. You may have gum disease if you have the following symptoms:
- Gums that bleed when you brush
- Swollen gums
- Receding gums
If gum disease is not treated then it can lead to a later stage of the disease which is a lot more serious and difficult to treat.
Tooth decay is a huge risk when you are pregnant often because of morning sickness.
After you have had the baby, tooth decay remains a higher risk because of potential dehydration, or simply not completing full oral health routines i.e. not brushing twice or for two minutes each time because of a change in routine.
Keeping Your Oral Health In Check During Pregnancy
The best way to keep your oral health in check during pregnancy is to be extra vigilant with your oral health routine. So do keep your Egham dentist appointments, and make extra ones if you feel you need them or if any issues arise. Commit to brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, using the right brush and toothpaste.
Make sure you drink plenty of water, and only rinse with water straight after morning sickness – do not brush immediately as you will actually spread the acid reflux around.
Here at Crown House Dental Practice in Egham, we are excited to support your oral health during this special time. We’re happy to provide you with all the treatment and advice you need to ensure your smile is one less thing you need to worry about. Need to book an appointment? Please call us on 01784432641 and we will be more than happy to help!