Our Top Pregnancy Dental Care Tips
Hormonal changes can directly impact your oral health in left unchecked. So, while pregnant, it is very important to keep your dental health in mind as you focus on other healthy choices. However, at Dr. Evans in Boulder, we understand that there are a lot of questions when talking about pregnancy dental care, so here are our 7 important pregnancy dental care tips:
- Schedule a Trip to the Dentist – Make sure you attend any planned dentist visits during your pregnancy. If you don’t have any scheduled, book one in so your provider can make sure you’re in perfect oral health.
- Keep an Eye on Gingivitis – Rising hormone levels during pregnancy increase blood flow to the gums making them sensitive and more likely to bleed during brushing. Coupled with plaque buildup, this can cause gingivitis, a bacterial infection that causes inflamed gums. If you notice red, swollen, or bleeding gums, it’s important to contact your dentist.
- Make Sure You Floss – Make sure you floss at least once a day. Flossing reaches areas that your toothbrush can’t and helps stop the buildup of plaque. Preventing plaque buildup helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
- Continue to Brush Regularly – Continue to brush twice a day throughout your pregnancy to maintain good oral health. If you suffer from morning sickness, schedule brushing for after it passes. If your normal toothpaste tastes too strong, try children’s toothpaste.
- Limit Sugar – Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that feed on sugar stuck to the surface of your teeth. Try to maintain a healthy diet during pregnancy and limit excess sugar. Stick to fruit where possible and, if you do choose a sugary snack, rinse your mouth with water afterward.
- Control Cravings – Cravings for crunchy, non-food items during pregnancy — including ice — can damage your teeth. If you experience these types of cravings, contact your doctor for support.
- Allow X-Rays – X-rays are critical for diagnosing potentially serious problems. If you need one, your dentist will use lead shields to protect you and your baby.
Need Help Keeping Your Smile Healthy?
Your face will be one of your newborn’s first memories. Make your smile a healthy one by following our 7 pregnancy dental care tips today. At the office of David L Evans DDS in Boulder CO, we’re always here to help you get the help you need to maintain your oral health, during pregnancy and beyond. Schedule an appointment online or call 303-442-0990 today.