One of the most joyous occasions a family can experience is bringing a child into the world. Making sure that the mother and baby are healthy is a big task. Did you know that those who are pregnant, especially with premature babies, are more susceptible to gum disease? During pregnancy, the gums are more likely to become inflamed. After all, during this stage, the baby takes a lot of calcium out of the mother’s body. This routinely impacts the dental health of the mother both during and after the pregnancy. When you are healthy, your baby will be happy. Keep reading to discover some of the top tips on how the teeth should be taken care of during pregnancy.
See Your Dentist
During your pregnancy, you need to make sure that you see your dentist or make an appointment with a local dentist. Smile Designs of Olney is an excellent option because we are family-oriented. The father son team of Dr. Mitchell Lomke and his son Dr. Joshua Lomke are a prime example of this. We will make sure that your oral health care routine is adequate so that your little one grows up with healthy, while you maintain a healthy smile. Pregnancy inevitably causes gum tissue inflammation so it is essential for you to check the health of your gums.
In some situations, dentists and doctors need to prescribe certain medications or antibiotics but must be careful as some may affect the baby’s development. Dental X-rays during pregnancy could have damaging effects as well unless performed with special care.
Golden Rules For Taking Care Of Your Teeth
Proper dental care starts before pregnancy. You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day along with your gums with a low abrasivity toothpaste. Consistently cleaning your teeth will aid in reducing plaque buildup and reduce inflammation. Flossing once a day is also necessary. If you often experience gagging during your pregnancy, you can use a child-sized toothbrush to brush your teeth. We also recommend using an electric brush to increase the effectiveness of your brushing routine.
Another tip includes drinking a lot of water. Water helps to wash bacteria away, and fluoride can be found in tap water. Other golden rules include avoiding sugary drinks or drinks with a lot of acids such as soda and energy drinks and eating a lot of healthy food that are rich in calcium.
How to Handle Morning Sickness/Vomiting
If you experience morning sickness and find yourself vomiting,always brush your teeth after. Vomit contains a high concentration of stomach acids that can quickly degrade your enamel. These acids must be removed to maintain your enamel. During pregnancy, you may have weird food cravings that are fatty and unhealthy, causing your stomach to react adversely. Not only are these foods bad for the baby but they may cause enamel erosion so try to avoid them altogether. Sticking to a healthy diet is great not only for your dental care routine but for your overall health.
Come to Smile Designs of Olney for All of Your Cosmetic Procedures
For your smile makeover or any other dental needs, come to Smile Designs of Olney! Book an appointment with us. Whether you want your teeth whitened, straightened, or restored altogether, we pride ourselves in quality patient care and giving you the smile makeover that you deserve. Our small, professional staff will make you feel right at home. We service the Montgomery County regions including Olney, Laytonsville, Brookville, Silver Spring, Rockville, Columbia, Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Germantown, MD. Contact us at (301) 260-0700, visit us online, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.