Pregnancy and the Dentist

Posted by LITTLE BYTES PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY on Jun 14 2021, 06:00 AM

When you are pregnant, you become more aware of the things you need to do to take extra care of your health, as your health also affects the fetus. 

Many pregnant women make changes to their routines to improve their overall health. However, not many of them pay special attention to their dental health during their pregnancy. 

Sadly, this can lead to various other concerns, as the mouth is the gateway to the body.

Here are a few essential measures you can take during your pregnancy to ensure you maintain optimum oral hygiene and health:

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Routine consultations are crucial in screening the mouth for possible oral concerns and carrying out suitable treatments to address them. 

The dentist will conduct a thorough analysis, during which we will check for tartar deposits on the teeth and gum line, cavities, damage to the existing restorations, gum disease, etc. Then, they will recommend a suitable treatment. 

Your dentist will also be able to suggest the best ways to care for your oral health during pregnancy.

Get Periodontal Screening 

Periodontitis is a severe gum disease that can affect your overall oral health. 

Its symptoms include receding gum line, gum redness and bleeding, discharge of pus, severe pain and discomfort while biting and chewing food, or jawbone deterioration. 

In its advanced stages, the microbes in the gums can travel to other parts of the body through the bloodstream. Hence, it is crucial that you watch out for any periodontitis symptoms and get the necessary treatment in due time. 

To prevent periodontitis, maintain optimum oral hygiene by regularly brushing and flossing, as well as avoiding unhealthy oral habits.

Reduce the Intake of Sugar

Eating a lot of sweets can leave a sugary residue on the teeth. This residue acts as food for the microbes in the mouth, which are deposited on the teeth as plaque. 

Plaque and tartar deposits are the main cause of cavities, gum disease, and many other oral health conditions. Hence, dentists recommend that you avoid frequent snacking, eating sugary foods and beverages, or sticky foods, especially when you are pregnant.

Brush and Floss Without Fail

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day can help remove the majority of the microbes in the mouth. 

This is especially important for pregnant women as they often feel nauseous during the early months of their pregnancy. This subjects the teeth to acidic substances from the stomach that, in turn, can lead to tooth demineralization. 

Pregnant women should use fluoride-rich toothpaste to replenish any lost minerals and also include more fruit and veggies in their diet to improve saliva production and protect the teeth from erosion.

To learn more about how you can protect your dental health during pregnancy, get in touch with our team of dental experts at Little Bytes Pediatric Dentistry by calling (650) 322-9837, scheduling an online appointment, or visiting us at 853 Middlefield Rd. Suite 2, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

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