4 Dental Care Tips for Pregnant Women

Pregnancy is a wonderful and exciting time in a woman’s life. But even in the midst of that excitement, pregnant women should be sure to take care of their dental health. Dental health for a mother is related to dental and general health of their newborns.

The good news is that most routine treatment is safe during pregnancy, though during the first 3 months some procedures and medications are to be avoided.

One key step is to be certain your Glen Waverley dentist knows you are pregnant before any treatment is recommended.

Here are 4 key strategies from EK Dental
  1. Be sure your teeth and gums are healthy. Gum disease can cause a low weight or a premature birth. Keeping your gums healthy also retards the transfer of decay-causing bacteria from you to your baby. This bacteria can possibly cause early childhood tooth decay.
  2. Take care to treat vomiting and acid reflux related to pregnancy. Some pregnant women experience morning sickness, which includes vomiting and/or acid reflux. This causes a high risk of tooth erosion.

To reduce the risk rinse your mouth with water or mouth rinse, lightly smear toothpaste on your teeth, or chew sugar free gum. Always wait 30 minutes before brushing after vomiting.

  1. Pregnancy related hormonal changes could lead to gum disease. Seek treatment of affected gums to avoid this. Signs you have gum disease include bad breath, red gums (instead of pink), swollen gums, and bleeding gums.
  2. Stop using tobacco! In fact, you should stop using all tobacco products, whether you are pregnant or not. But smoking while pregnant can lead to gum disease and affect you and your unborn child. Because it affects both of you, quitting is also good for both of you!

EK Dental in Glen Waverley offers a variety of general treatments and advanced procedures for pregnancy and everyday.

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