Oral Health and Pregnancy

Being vigilant about your oral hygiene is always important, but if you are pregnant it takes on another level of significance. This is because how you take care of your mouth and teeth during those nine months could affect not only your own oral health, but also your baby’s oral health too.

Make An Appointment With Your Dentist

Book in with your dentist as soon as you find out you are pregnant. During your checkup, your dentist will give you a quick examination as well as a briefing on how to take extra care of your gums and teeth during your pregnancy. It is important that you keep your dentist informed of any medication (and the dosages) that has been prescribed to you by your GP. This also includes vitamin supplements.

Take note that dental treatments during the first trimester and the second half of the third trimester are discouraged unless it is the case of an emergency.

General Oral Hygiene

Your general oral hygiene is particularly important during pregnancy. If you haven’t already adopted a good routine, now is the time to do so. Brush twice a day, use a fluoride toothpaste and don’t forget to floss. Pay particular attention to bleeding, inflamed gums, abscesses and lesions. If you experience any abnormal changes in your mouth, inform your dentist as soon as possible.

Eat Well

Eating well is also essential for your oral health as well as the development of your baby’s teeth. Your baby’s first set of teeth usually begins to develop around three months into the pregnancy. Bear in mind that pregnancy triggers unusual food cravings. Try and avoid sugary snacks as often as possible. The more you snack, the greater your chance of developing tooth decay.

Morning Sickness

Chances are that you will suffer from morning sickness at some point during your pregnancy. If this is the case, brushing your teeth will become a lot more difficult. It is important to continue with your daily oral hygiene routine. Vomiting may cause your teeth to be coated in strong stomach acids, and the more it happens, the more likely it is to cause permanent damage to the tooth enamel. It isn’t advised to brush straight after a bout of sickness. Rinse your mouth with some water mixed with a teaspoon of salt, then wait for half an hour before brushing. Opt for plain-flavoured toothpaste to avoid morning sickness.

Pregnancy Gingivitis

Hormonal changes are natural during pregnancy. Expectant mums are more prone to gingivitis or gum disease. Common symptoms of gingivitis include tender gums, swelling and bleeding. Rinsing your mouth with a cup of warm water and a teaspoon of salt can help you to keep your mouth clean. If gingivitis does occur during your pregnancy, inform your dentist as soon as possible.

If you would like to know more about oral hygiene during your pregnancy, please call us at Epsom Dental on 01372 720650 and book yourself in for an appointment with one of our highly trained and experienced dental practitioners. We pride ourselves on being delicate and gentle with all our clients.