Dental care during pregnancy
Health during pregnancy is about caring for both yourself and your growing baby. It is a time to eat well, ensuring you take in the extra protein, calcium and essential vitamins to meet the increased demands. It is also recommended to drink plenty of water and reduce your sugar intake, which are great for taking care of your teeth – at any time!
Sensitive gums in pregnancy
Some women experience sensitive gums due to the hormonal changes the occur during pregnancy. If this occurs, use a soft bristled brush, correct technique and floss gently. Often this stage passes as you become accustomed to the hormone levels.
Of course, these hormone changes also cause morning sickness. Try to choose tooth-friendly snacks. If you experience vomiting, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water before brushing to freshen.
Morning sickness and minty toothpastes
It’s important to NOT put off regular brushing because of nausea. Brush without toothpaste if even using a small smear is difficult to tolerate – or ask your dentist for advice on a good fluoride toothpaste in a different flavour.
If your gums remain sensitive, and become red and puffy, it’s a good time to book to visit your dentist. Early treatment and advice can settle them down before problems really set in.
As well as being a leading cause of gum disease, smoking during pregnancy has been shown to affect the baby. Giving up NOW for your baby could be one of the best things you do for the two of you.