Tips for oral health during pregnancy (via @gm_tritown)

1 May

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If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, now is the time to pay close attention to your teeth and gums.That’s because pregnancy, and the changing hormone levels that occur with it, can make some dental problems worse.

Gingivitis

Many women notice that their gums become swollen, inflamed, or prone to bleeding during pregnancy.This condition is called “pregnancy gingivitis.” It may appear as early as the first trimester.An increase in hormones exaggerates the way gum tissues react to irritants in plaque.You can prevent gingivitis by keeping your teeth clean. Brushing two to three times a day and flossing once a day will help ensure proper removal of plaque.Your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings during your second or early third trimester to help control your gingivitis.

 

Tooth decay

Try to eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet.When you snack, choose foods that are nutritious for you and your baby and do so in moderation. Sugar-rich or acidic foods can put you at a greater risk for developing cavities. When brushing your teeth, be sure to use a fluoridated toothpaste. If you have morning sickness and are vomiting frequently, brush with fluoride toothpaste immediately afterward. When stomach acids come in contact with teeth often, they can eventually cause tooth enamel to wear away.

Food choices are not only important for you and your oral health, but also your growing baby and their developing teeth.A baby’s teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth months of pregnancy. A sufficient quantity of nutrients — especially vitamins A, C, D, protein, calcium and phosphorous — are needed.

As always, let your dental professional know if you are pregnant or may become pregnant and continue regular dental visits throughout your pregnancy.Taking good care of your mouth contributes to your overall health. If you are healthy, it is more likely that your baby will be healthy too.

Article written by the American Dental Association, and provided by Adult and Pediatric Dental Studio, Bridge Plaza Drive, Manalapan. For more information, call 732-972-0611 or visit http://www.apdentastudio.com.

 

Source: http://tri.gmnews.com/news/2013-05-02/Front_Page/Tips_for_oral_health_during_pregnancy.html

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