5 Dental Tips for Pregnant Women

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If there is a time in a woman's life when she gets to experience lots of changes in her life, it is when she becomes pregnant. Progesterone is the hormone that is usually blamed for all the troubles that women go through during this time.

When it comes to a pregnant woman's oral health, this hormone plays a significant role in increasing the risk of gum disease. Some women experience bleeding gums, cavities and granulomas (a tiny tumor-like growth in the mouth) at the beginning of the second month of pregnancy and ends around the eighth month.

As much as there is heightened hormone activity that can lead to an increased risk of gum sensitivity and gum disease, it's important to note that plaque is mostly to blame for gum disease. If you're experiencing these issues as a pregnant woman, consider these tips to keep your oral health in check.

  1. Keep brushing and flossing. As much as you may feel nauseated almost all the time, it is important that you brush your teeth and floss regularly. You should avoid brushing your teeth immediately after being sick. Stomach acids tend to make the teeth softer and brushing immediately can wear them down. It is advisable that you rinse your mouth first, wait for a while and then brush.
  2. Go for dental checkups during your pregnancy. As soon as you realise that you are pregnant, it is crucial that you let your dentist know about it. An ideal time to have your dental checkup is at the start of your second trimester.
  3. Reduce your intake of sweets and sugary foods. This will not only help to keep your blood sugar in check during pregnancy, but it will also keep your teeth safe from cavities.
  4. Eat a balanced diet. This not only promotes dental health, but it also boosts their overall health and that of the unborn baby.
  5. Getting enough vitamin A, C and D, calcium, protein and phosphorus. This helps the baby considering that its own teeth start to develop between three to six months of pregnancy.

Those are some of the helpful tips that can help pregnant mothers maintain good oral and overall health during pregnancy. It is highly imperative to report any oral discomforts or problems that you may experience during this time, and a dentist or orthodontist can then determine if they are detrimental to your health or that of your baby.


31 March 2015

Unraveling Dental Myths about Children: A Blog for Parents

When I had my first child, I was a nervous wreck. Every book I read gave different advice, and I just wanted to be right! By the time I had my third child, some of the stress had abated. I now realised, there were tons of different perspectives on everything related to raising children including dentistry. To help parents, I have created this blog dedicated to unraveling dental myths about children. I am including posts that weigh both sides of issues such as thumb sucking, dental caries, breastfeeding, flossing and any other topic I can think of. I hope you find the information you need to unravel dental myths, but most importantly, I hope you find some peace of mind. With kids and dentistry, there can be more than one right answer, and I want you to be able to relax and go with the answer that's right for you.