Being pregnant means that you need to be extra careful about your oral health.
Here are the ways that you can keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape.
1. Know your entitlement to free NHS dentistry
NHS dental treatment is free while you are pregnant and up until one year after your due date.
You will need a maternity exemption certificate…click here to find out more.
2. Spend extra time with your tooth brushing and flossing
Due to hormonal changes during your pregnancy, your gums may be extra sensitive to plaque if it collects around your teeth.
Bleeding gums are a common problem during this time ( pregnancy gingivitis) but can be avoided by keeping meticulous oral hygiene measures.
If you have morning sickness, rinse your mouth with plain water if you vomit. Don’t brush your teeth for an hour…otherwise you could cause acidic damage to your enamel.
3. Tell your dentist that you are pregnant
Your dentist will want to know if you think you are pregnant so that you can receive the extra support that you will need.
There are also certain dental procedures that are to be avoided during pregnancy such as removing metal fillings so be sure to let him/her know if you think you are pregnant.
4. Stop smoking
Beside the harm that may be done to your baby, smoking will make it very hard to keep your oral hygiene as good as it needs to be. So if you smoke it will be more likelythat your gums will bleed more.
5. Avoid regular sugary foods and fizzy drinks
As well as healthy gums, it is better to avoid tooth decay too. The fewer dental procedures you have during your pregnancy, the better.
6. Get ready for baby!
As you will be a black belt Ninja in advanced oral hygiene and there won’t be a fizzy drink to be seen in the house, that make a great environment for your newborn.
Research has shown that tots who develop an early sweet tooth can suffer from more dental decay so good dietary habits will be essential from the outset.
About Cleveland Orthodontics
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