Dental Care During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a very exciting time in a woman’s life. With everything that a pregnant woman has to think about, worrying about teeth and gums may not be at the top of the list, but it should be! Truth be told, with all the changing hormone levels that occur with pregnancy, dental problems can actually be made worse. By starting good dental habits during pregnancy, you’re setting yourself up to be a good oral health role model.

Tips for maintaining a healthy mouth during pregnancy: Pregnant woman silouhette

  • Brush teeth twice a day.
  • Floss between your teeth daily.
  • Eat a balanced diet. If you snack, do so in moderation.
  • If you have morning sickness and are vomiting frequently, try rinsing with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water. If possible, avoid brushing your teeth immediately after vomiting, as it causes stomach acids to repeatedly come into contact with teeth, and the effects can eventually wear away your tooth’s enamel.
  • Visit your dentist for regular dental check-ups.
For most women, regularly scheduled dental visits are safe during pregnancy, but be sure to let your dental office know how far along you are when you make your appointment. If yours is a high-risk pregnancy or you have other medical conditions, your dentist and your doctor may recommend that dental treatment be postponed. Additionally, be sure to let your dentist know if there is any change in your medications or if you have received any special advice from your doctor.

The benefits of receiving dental care during pregnancy far outweigh potential risks. Be sure to keep your dentist informed of any changes in your mouth such as redness or bleeding. If you’re currently pregnant or trying to be, don’t hesitate to contact Jordan Dentistry at our office in Cumming, GA to schedule your next dental check-up.

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