Dental Hygiene – A Must During Pregnancy

24 Jul 2019

Dental Hygiene – A Must During Pregnancy

Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancies may make one’s gums much more easily inflamed or irritated. Often this results in red, puffy, or very tender gums. Pay special attention to your gums if they bleed when you brush your teeth. 

Furthermore, one’s teeth may also be damaged during pregnancy. The reason being is that enamel during this period becomes thin. Therefore, they can be easily damaged. So, how does one prepare for it? 

Pregnancy Planning

Foremost, you need to realize that the key to having a healthy smile during and after pregnancy is paying regular visits to your dentist. One’s overall health is strongly affected by their dental health. Therefore, it is safe to assume that your dental health directly impacts the health of your baby. So, you never neglect to plan your dental health routine before and during your pregnancy. 

If you suspect pregnancy, then you should definitely find time to visit your dentist and ask them to check your gums. At Astoria Dental, we carefully pick and prescribe medicines that help to level out gum problems during pregnancy. Please note, it is crucial to share with us that you are pregnant or suspect to be so because this will allow us to pick up medicines that will not impact your baby.

Even though most dental treatments are safe during pregnancy, we still choose methods and medicine very carefully. For example, in such cases, we do our best to avoid dental x-rays. And always take special care and precautions to ensure the safety of both mother and their baby if it is essential to have an x-ray.

Looking after your teeth

One should never neglect dental hygiene during pregnancy. Proper dental hygiene can significantly reduce the risk of inflammations and help to avoid plaque and tartar. Thus, we recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Also, don’t forget about your gums. Always brush your teeth in the morning and right before you go to sleep. Also, it may be useful to floss your oral cavity at least once a day.

Did it become hard to brush your teeth? 

In some cases, certain women feel as if they gag while brushing their teeth. If you have encountered this problem, try using a softer toothbrush. You can even use a brush that was originally designed for children. Brushing your teeth later than early in the morning may also help.

If previous advice doesn’t help, you can concentrate on your breathing. Plus, try brushing your teeth without toothpaste. All these methods are proven to work. However, not all of them may suit you. The general advice here is to try every single one of them and by judging from your condition choose the easiest and the most effective ones.

As you can see, keeping a healthy smile during pregnancy is not just a must-have, but also absolutely possible! Indeed, you will spend more time on it, and it may become way less comfortable. But a healthy baby is definitely worth it! After all, you are doing it not just for yourself.