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Oral Hygiene & Pregnancy

Oral hygiene is very important throughout your life, but even more so during pregnancy. Hormonal changes affect every part of your body, including your mouth, making you more susceptible to gum disease.

Morning sickness can affect teeth due to increased acid in the mouth, which can dissolve the outer layer of enamel on teeth. To prevent this, rinse your mouth as soon as possible after experiencing morning sickness. Do not brush your teeth; instead smear a layer of toothpaste over them to help remineralise the tooth surface.

Pregnancy can also cause cravings for certain types of food, and while snacking can help quell a queasy tummy, frequent consumption of sugary food and drink can increase dental decay. Eliminating excess sugar from your diet, brushing and flossing regularly, as well as consuming recommended levels of calcium throughout pregnancy can help ensure a healthy oral environment.

Some things to keep in mind;

  • If you experience morning sickness, rinse your mouth as soon as possible

  • Brush your teeth using a soft toothbrush, paying particular attention to the gum line to help prevent gingivitis

  • Brush your teeth at least twice daily and keep flossing regularly

  • See your dentist for a check up and clean or if you experience any dental/oral health problems

You may think it is a good idea to delay dental treatment while you are pregnant because of a perceived risk to your baby. However, routine and urgent dental procedures can be undertaken throughout your pregnancy, and you should be seeing your dentist on a regular basis.

Having a healthy mouth before you plan to become pregnant is the best way to continue to have easy dental visits throughout your pregnancy. Having a healthy mouth is also linked to your child having good oral health.

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