It’s important to have good oral hygiene, but especially so when you are pregnant. Hormonal changes can increase the risk of periodontal disease, that can ultimately affect the health of your developing baby.
- If you are able to plan your pregnancy, try to get your teeth cleaned professionally prior to getting pregnant. That way, if you have any major problems, they can be done in advance. If you are unable to get them cleaned before you become pregnant, you are still urged to keep and attend your scheduled routine visits.
- Tell your dentist if you are pregnant. Any routine or emergency procedures can be done during your pregnancy, but elective procedures should wait until you have your baby.
- Let your dentist also know any special instructions given by your doctor and any medications you are taking.
- Dental x-rays can be taken while you are pregnant. Your hygienist/dentist will take special precautions like using an x-ray shield to protect you and your baby. Technologic advances in dental x-rays have made them much safer than they have been in the past.
- If you are experiencing morning sickness, ask your dentist for some brands of bland tasting toothpaste. If you are vomiting frequently, rinse your mouth with water or mouth rinse.
- Practice good oral hygiene to reduce any problems that can occur
- Try to stay away from sugary snacks even if you crave them. The more frequent you eat sugar, the more chances you can develop cavities. Your baby’s teeth begin to form around three months into pregnancy, so it’s important to eat a balanced diet. Calcium containing foods can help with your baby’s forming teeth and bones.
- See your dentist soon after you have your baby if you have had any teeth and gum problems. Make sure you are scheduled for your routine cleaning and check up. It is not uncommon for mothers to have some cavities following a pregnancy.