Our in-house expert YASMIN CHEBBI, DMD explains how to take care of your teeth while pregnant
Hormone changes in pregnant women cause gums to be more sensitive and prone to inflammation than they usually are. Few know just how important healthy gums are for healthy babies - gum disease can actually lead to premature births.
my best teeth tips for pregnant women
- Take extra care and brush two times a day and floss at least once a day to prevent bleeding and inflamed gums.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet while pregnant. A diet rich in calcium is important as your baby is developing as well as forming teeth!
- If you experience morning sickness, make sure to rinse away the acidity in your mouth with water. Try to eat smaller and more frequent meals low in sugar to prevent decay.
- Inform your dentist if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant. It is best to avoid x-rays and large dental procedures when pregnant. However, if there is an emergency or you have pain, your dentist may need to perform emergency treatment.
It is common to come in more often for cleanings during pregnancy, see what your dentist say and remember to floss!