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How to Take Care of Your Teeth During Pregnancy

Posted on 1/11/2021 by Dr. Nick Raptou
How to Take Care of Your Teeth During PregnancyPregnancy can be an incredibly hard time for some women. It is not only mentally taxing but also physically draining. Moreover, pregnancy can affect women in many different ways. This includes the usual hormonal changes and physical changes as well as the dental and oral changes that many people tend to ignore. Therefore, here are some ways to take care of your teeth during pregnancy.

Adequate Daily Oral Hygiene

Practicing oral hygiene daily is extremely important for everyone, regardless of age, gender or any other factor. However, when you are pregnant and expecting, the need for regular and good oral habits becomes even more crucial for good dental health.

Women experience a lot of hormonal changes within the body and these changes tend to affect their teeth as well. This is why a lot of women develop pregnancy gingivitis or pregnancy tumors on their gums during the period.

The whole pregnancy ordeal makes them more susceptible to tooth decay, cavities, and other gum diseases. Therefore, their best defense against these problems lies in good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing twice a day and flossing their teeth.

Avoid Brushing Your Teeth After any Morning Sickness

A classic sign or characteristic of pregnancy is all the morning sickness and vomiting women have to go through. If it wasn't that bad already, vomiting can also be quite bad for your teeth. It exposes them to harsh acids from your stomach that can soften or wear away the enamel.

You might be tempted to instantly brush your teeth afterward to get rid of the taste or smell. However, you shouldn't do it as it can further damage your enamel. Instead, it's better to rinse your mouth with a gentle mouthwash.

Let Your Doctor Know That You're Expecting

Pregnancy does not mean you can skip your dentist appointments. In fact, they are even more crucial now. Your dentist can alter any medications or shift around any dental procedures according to your pregnancy stage and schedule.

If you've been missing out on your dental checkups during pregnancy, call (614) 427-0449 right away to book an appointment at Raptou Family Dental.

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