UNDERSTANDING ORAL PROBLEMS DURING PREGNANCY
When should you visit your doctor?If you're planning to become pregnant or suspect you're pregnant, you should visit a doctor right away. Your dentist will assess your oral condition and map out a dental plan for the rest of your pregnancy. Do share all your problems with the doctor and take precautions before hand.
DOES PREGNANCY AFFECT YOUR HEALTH ?Yes it does. Pregnancy leads to oral issues like gingivitis, tooth decay, gum diseases, dry mouth etc. These problems can be cured , so make an appointment today .
DOES ORAL PROBLEMS AFFECT YOUR BABY'S HEALTH?
- If you have moderate to severe GUM DISEASE you may be at higher risk for delivering a pre-term, low-birth weight baby.
HOW CAN YOU AVOID SUCH SITUATION ?Regular brushing and flossing, eating a balanced diet and visiting your dentist regularly will help reduce dental problems that accompany pregnancy.
- Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes, especially first thing in the morning and before bedtime.
- Floss every day – usually at bedtime.
- Limit the number of times you eat snacks each day.
- Visit your dentist every 6 months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
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ORAL CARE IN PREGNANCY
Are you expecting a baby? there's a lot many things you need to take care on and you cannot stay away from your oral health. Being pregnant has a major effect on body. The best advice to women considering pregnancy is to visit their dentist for a checkup and to treat any oral problems before becoming pregnant. During your pregnancy, your teeth and gums need special attention.
FOUR THINGS TO LOOK OUT WHEN YOU ARE PREGNANT :
Pregnancy gingivitis –
Many pregnant women experience pregnancy gingivitis when dental plaque builds up on the teeth and irritates the gums. Symptoms include red, inflamed and bleeding gums. Pregnancy gingivitis occurs more frequently during pregnancy because the increased level of hormones exaggerates the way gums react to the irritants in plaque. Keeping your teeth clean, especially near the gum line, will help dramatically reduce or even prevent gingivitis during your pregnancy.
Avoid sugary snacks. Sweet cravings are common during pregnancy. However, keep in mind that the more frequently you snack, the greater the chance of developing toot. Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Your baby's first teeth begin to develop about three months into pregnancy. Healthy diet containing dairy products, cheese, and yogurt are a good source of these essential minerals and are good for baby's developing teeth, gums, and bones.
GUM DISEASE -
If you have moderate to severe gum disease, you may be at higher risk for delivering a pre-term, low-birth weight baby. Repeated vomiting can cause serious damage to your teeth. Exposure to stomach acid dissolves tooth enamel, weakening your teeth’s defence against decay. Pay particular attention to any changes in your gums during pregnancy. If tenderness, bleeding or gum swelling occurs at any time during your pregnancy, talk with your dentist or periodontist as soon as possible.
MORNING SICKNESS -
Morning sickness is reality but unfortunately you cannot do anything. If you suffer from morning sickness, talk to your dentist about ways to reduce the harm. However, protect your teeth from stomach acid by rinsing with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water.