Over my years in practice I’ve had many patients at various stages of pregnancy.
These nine months are usually filled with excitement and anticipation of motherhood and seeing one’s baby for the first time. Yet, they are also filled with questions about what to expect, not only medically, but also from perspective of taking care of the mom’s (and the baby’s future) smile.
Here are a few tips on what to expect and to do….
What to Expect:
- Gum inflammation is more likely during the second trimester. Your gums may be swollen, tender, and may bleed during brushing and flossing.
- Plaque buildup during pregnancy is common, but brushing and flossing regularly can help. Your body may not fight off plaque as easily when you’re pregnant, which can lead to tooth decay and gingivitis. A dental hygienist can remove plaque buildup during your regularly-scheduled dental appointment.
- Although pregnancy does not cause periodontal disease directly, it can exacerbate this condition, which can result from untreated gingivitis (gum inflammation).
What to do…
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Your gums will likely be swollen and tender due to pregnancy gingivitis and using a soft bristle toothbrush will definitely be more comfortable.
- Floss gently at least once a day, especially before going to sleep. This will reduce the amount of residue, plaque and bacteria.
- Visit your dentist regularly for a professional cleaning and check-up.
- Eat a diet rich with calcium, vitamin B12 and vitamin C to help keep your gums healthy.
- Avoid certain antibiotics, such as Tetracyclin, as these can cause harm to the baby’s future teeth.
- As your hormone levels change, so could your breath. Try a breath spray such as our Blood Orange and Ginger for instant yummy freshness!!