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How Pregnancy Affects Your Teeth

Did you know that it’s just as important to look after your teeth, particularly your gums, during pregnancy, as it can affect your overall wellbeing? That’s because hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can increase your risk of developing gum disease, which in turns affects your unborn baby’s health. So while you’re paying your obgyn those regularly visits, do call on your dentist, too.

These dentist-approved five tips can help you keep your teeth and gums healthy during pregnancy:

  1. Brush, Floss And Rinse Twice Daily

    Some pregnant women’s gums look redder and bleed when they brush their teeth, and some women have severe swelling and bleeding. Often referred to as ’pregnancy gingivitis’, symptoms can start as early as the second month and peak around the eighth month. To minimise the effects, practise good oral hygiene by including the daily use of an alcohol-free mouthwash.

  2. Regular Visits To The Dentist

    Try to visit your dentist at least twice during your pregnancy for check-ups and a clean.

  3. Carry Mouthwash If Feeling Sick

    In women who have severe morning sickness, frequent vomiting can erode the enamel on the back of the front teeth. Generally speaking, it’s important not to brush immediately after you vomit, since the acid in your mouth will only erode the teeth as you brush. When you brush, be sure to rinse first with a mouthwash designed to reduce the acid level (pH) of your mouth.

  4. Ask When In Doubt

    Always talk to your dentist about any medicines prescribed during pregnancy. If your dentist has to prescribe a medicine such as an antibiotic or a medicine for a tooth pain, he or she should confer with your obstetrician.

  5. Drink Lots Of Water

    You can combat pregnancy dry mouth by drinking plenty of water and by using sugarless gum to stimulate saliva secretion. Look for products that contain xylitol, which reduces the harmful bacteria that causes cavities, but try to stick to no more than one pack a day.

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