Your body goes through many changes when you become pregnant. Your teeth and mouth are one of the systems that can be affected by pregnancy. Knowing how pregnancy affects your dental hygiene and what you can do to ensure that your teeth stay clean can help you take care of your body. If you’ve recently become pregnant and would like to maintain your oral hygiene, here’s what you can do.
1. Continue to Brush Twice Per Day, Floss
Hopefully, you were already brushing your teeth twice per day, and flossing at least once per day. If you don’t normally do this, now is the time to start! Your dentist can show the best way to brush and floss your teeth if you would like to have a refresher. Use toothpaste that contains fluoride and a soft-bristle toothbrush. You might be able to do a better job brushing your teeth with an electric toothbrush – ask your dentist if you should switch.
2. Maintain Your Normal Dentist Visit Routine
When you go in for your dental cleaning and checkup, tell your dentist that you’re pregnant. Your dentist should ask – and you’ll definitely want to be upfront about your pregnancy. If your pregnancy is a high risk, your dentist may recommend postponing your dental appointment. To find out, contact your dentist before your appointment.
3. Eat Well
Good nutrition is important for maintaining good oral hygiene. Be sure to eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. If you’ve had trouble in the past with your teeth, talk to your dentist to find out if your dentist would recommend dietary changes to help you avoid future dental problems.
4. Watch for Signs of Gum Disease
Pregnant women are at increased risk for dental problems like gum disease. Watch for signs of gum disease, and if you become concerned about your dental health, contact your dentist. Some signs of gum disease include:
- Inflamed, red, swollen gums
- Gums bleed when brushing teeth
- Bad breath
- Spitting out blood when brushing teeth
5. Make Your Next Dentist Appointment
Are you pregnant? Seeing the dentist can help you take care of your teeth. To find out more about maintaining good oral hygiene during pregnancy, or to make an appointment for a dental cleaning and checkup, contact Tran Dental today.