You have so much to think about during pregnancy, but your oral health should be a top priority, which can be affected by the hormonal changes you will experience during this time. Women are more likely to develop gingivitis and other dental issues while pregnant. Below are tips for taking care of your oral health while you are pregnant.
1. Practice good oral hygiene
· Brushing your teeth prevents tooth decay and gum disease. Unfortunately, brushing alone cannot clean effectively between tight spaces, so flossing is the best way to remove food trapped between the teeth and bacteria. Gargle every night with an alcohol-free mouthrinse. If you can’t keep this routine after every meal, chew sugar free gum, which can help reduce the bacteria that can lead to tooth decay.
2. Oral health care
· Discuss all your concerns to your dentist; schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible especially if you are encountering gingivitis (swelling of gums) or any serious dental diseases.
3. Eat healthy
· Eat a healthy, balanced diet such as fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain and dairy products. Eat fewer foods high in sugar such as candies, soda and cookies. Drink water or milk instead of fruit-flavored drinks. Remember that what you eat would be your baby’s future.
Your oral health is an important part of your overall health; untreated dental disease can be harmful to you and your baby. Remember that what you do and eat are shared with your baby.