Oral Care For Expectant Mothers
- BRUSH AND FLOSS: Maintain a good oral health routine as well as continue with regular dental check-ups to ensure teeth and gums remain healthy throughout pregnancy.
- MORNING SICKNESS: Reflux and vomiting can expose teeth to acids, which can dissolve your enamel away and cause tooth sensitivity. To protect teeth against this, smear teeth with a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste and rinse with water. A fluoridated mouth wash can also be used.
- HIGH-SUGAR SNACKS: Avoid high-sugar snacks during pregnancy. Instead, choose low-sugar, high calcium foods, like cheese. Also fluoridated water and milk to assist with the health of both mother’s and baby’s teeth.
- GUM DISEASE: Gum inflammation and disease can occur as a result of hormonal changes, causing swelling and bleeding. Brush teeth regularly with a soft toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste and don’t forget to floss!
- TELL YOUR DENTIST: Let your dental team know if you are pregnant (or even if you think you could be pregnant or are trying to get pregnant). Your information will be kept in the strictest confidence, and your dental team will help you to enjoy great dental health throughout your pregnancy.
- YOUR BABY’S DENTAL HEALTH: Your little one’s dental health is influenced by your own, since the bacteria that cause decay are most often passed directly from mother to child. The healthier your mouth and teeth, the better start you will be able to give to your baby.