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“How do I look after my teeth during pregnancy?”

Taking good care of your baby begins with you during pregnancy. When you’re expecting, even your teeth will benefit from some TLC. Here are five ways to care for your teeth when pregnant:

Switch to a softer toothbrush. This will help you to apply gentle pressure to your gums. Many mums-to-be have swollen, red, tender gums that bleed when flossed or brushed. This is due to mild inflammation of the gums during pregnancy. Rising hormone levels can also make your gums hyper sensitive to the bacteria in plaque.

Take good care of your gums. Did you know that periodontal disease during pregnancy is linked to premature birth and low birth weight? Along with periodontal disease, pregnant women can also be more susceptible to gingivitis and tooth decay. So don’t forget to floss and keep those gums clean!

Keep regular appointments at the dentist. Dental checks, hygienist cleanings and routine preventative care will benefit the baby as well, who’ll experience lower risk of exposure to cavity-causing bacteria.

Brush regularly. Acidity levels in the mouth increase during pregnancy, which increases the potential for cavities. If you are vomiting regularly due to morning sickness, this can also create an acidic environment. Fortunately, this is nothing a good, regular brushing can’t cure!

Eat well—for you and the baby. Diet and dental health deficiencies during pregnancy may cause changes in baby’s tooth formation and leave their teeth at greater risk for decay later in life. Children of mothers who consume sugar in large quantities are four times more likely to suffer from tooth decay than those of mums with low sugar consumption. Instead, choose foods that are high in calcium and phosphorous, vitamins and minerals.

 

Do you have a question about your oral health that you would like to ask the team of clinicians here at The Raglan Suite? Simply email it to cristawebber@raglansuite.co.uk.

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