7 Tips for Oral Health During Pregnancy
With these tips you can ensure you maintain good dental habits throughout your pregnancy.
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Resist the urge to brush your teeth immediately after morning sickness, since the acid that comes up during vomiting can soften the surface of your teeth and lead to tooth wear (also known as erosion). Instead, freshen your mouth by rinsing gently with a teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water to neutralize the acid.
Satisfying the craving monster
Acidic fruits and sugary snacks will put you at risk of acid tooth wear and dental decay. Balance out with other treats.
Caring for your new-born may lead to changes in your own routines, so try to maintain good oral hygiene and a healthy diet. Of course, keep up with regular dental visits. Any changes that occurred in your gum health during the pregnancy should resolve very soon after delivery. If you still have swollen or bleeding gums, arrange a dental visit.
Once your baby is born
Your baby should have her first dental visit no later than her first birthday, establishing a dental home that can provide individualized care and advice to parents and caregivers.
Follow the advice provided by your prenatal care team and remember to continue your routine dental care, have any dental pain investigated, and tell your dentist about your pregnancy.