Dental Health in Pregnancy - Dealing with the Dentist
1. Dental Health In Pregnancy-Potential Risks
2. Tooth Decay In Pregnancy
3. Gum Disease
4. Loose Teeth
Tell Your Dentist
Make sure you tell your dentist as soon as you know you’re pregnant. Schedule a visit and set up an oral health care plan so that you can ensure that you are doing all you can to stay healthy. Being pregnant affects the way dentists care for your needs; they may choose to postpone x-rays until after pregnancy, and they will know how to avoid anesthetics or medications that may harm the baby.
Keep Good Habits
If you don’t already have good dental hygiene habits, now is the time to form them! Brush at least twice a day and floss regularly. Visit your dentist on a regular basis.
If you have morning sickness, rinse out your mouth with a one tsp of baking soda stirred into one cup of water after vomiting to keep your teeth clean. Do not brush right after vomiting—the gastric acids in vomit will weaken your teeth and brushing immediately after may scratch the enamel.
Increase Calcium Intake
Increasing the amount of calcium you eat during pregnancy will help to keep your bones and teeth healthy and strong. Increase the milk, cheese, and yogurt in your diet, and increase your Vitamin D consumption as well—it will help your body absorb the calcium. Foods that provide Vitamin D include fatty fish like salmon or tuna, cheese, and egg yolks.
6. Gain a Child…
So don’t worry—the chances of you losing a tooth when you have your child is only a myth…unless you fail to take care of your oral health the way you should. Then tooth loss might be a viable concern!
Connor Adkins enjoys helping people stay fit and healthy. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, and finds inspiration for blogging about health issues from companies like Mar Orthodontics.
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