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Why New Mothers Need to Consider Their Oral Health

There are so many things to consider when you become pregnant. You are preoccupied with baby names, nursery décor and planning baby showers. Of course, the obstetrics appointments and ultrasounds are top priority. There is so much to do that it is no wonder that women barely consider their oral health.

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums while pregnant is important because of all of the hormonal changes that increase the chance of gum disease. If you are considering becoming pregnant, visit your dental provider and take care of cleanings and examinations so that you can get any needed treatment out of the way.

If you are already pregnant, it is never too late to take care of your oral health during your pregnancy. Your oral health can affect your pregnancy and the oral health of your child.

The Changes to Your Oral Health in Pregnancy

Hormone levels are elevated during pregnancy. It can increase the sensitivity of your teeth and gums. 75% of pregnant women suffer from gingivitis, which can cause more serious gum and tooth conditions. Periodontitis is associated with preterm births and low birth weight as well as gestational complications.

The morning sickness that appears during pregnancy can make you more vulnerable to developing cavities. Baking soda and water can help lessen the acid levels after an occurrence of morning sickness. Wait half an hour after this rinse to brush your teeth.

What to Do When You Are Expecting

Women who are expecting should continue to brush their teeth and floss as normal, at least twice a day. You should also schedule an exam with your dentist to identify any issues and discuss the best way to take care of your teeth throughout your pregnancy. Avoid eating snacks full of sugar and eat a balanced diet. Ensure that you consume the necessary nutrients, like calcium, to help your growing baby develop healthy teeth and bones.

When Your Baby Arrives

After your bundle of joy comes into the world you will have to start thinking about their dental health, too. Their first appointment should be scheduled by the time they reach their first birthday or within 6 months of the first tooth eruption.

Maintaining good oral health during your pregnancy not only affects you, it also improves your child’s birth weight and oral health. This is just one more thing that you can do to ensure a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

It’s time to schedule an appointment with us! Our friendly dental team in Long Beach, CA provides quality dental service for all families. Book an appointment with us by calling 562-434-6414 or request an appointment using the link here.

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