Good oral health is essential to your child’s health and begins before childbirth. Here are tips and information on dental care during pregnancy.
- If you are considering becoming pregnant, it is best to schedule a thorough checkup to ensure proper, safe dental treatment before your pregnancy.
- Preterm labor is a fear for most mum-to-be’s, but periodontal disease prevention actually protects against premature births by preventing infection and inflammation.
- Hormonal changes in pregnancy increase your chances of gum disease by causing them to swell, bleed, and trap food; make sure you stick to your brushing and flossing routine.
- Dental procedures in the first and third trimester should be avoided as much as possible. Try to get any dental work done in the second trimester if possible.
- It is best to avoid X-ray treatments during pregnancy.
- Morning sickness may not mix well with your brushing routine. Try to switch to natural, flavorless toothpaste instead.
- Despite your cravings, try to avoid sweets more than ever. Your teeth are even more vulnerable to decay during your pregnancy.
- Your baby’s first teeth begin to develop 3 months into your pregnancy. Your healthy teeth, gums, and diet all contribute to the health of your baby.