It’s important to take extra care of your oral health throughout your pregnancy to get your baby’s life off to the best possible start.
Planning a pregnancy
If you are planning to become pregnant, now is the perfect time to make sure that your teeth and gums – and the rest of your body – are in good health.
An excellent oral care routine is vital, because your oral health can have an effect on your pregnancy. For example, a serious gum infection may lead to pregnancy complications if left untreated.
During your pregnancy
If you are pregnant, schedule a dental check-up as soon as possible. Ask your dentist for any specific advice they have to offer for your specific situation.
Take extra care of your teeth and gums during your pregnancy. Always use a fluoride toothpaste and brush at least twice a day. Cleaning between the teeth, where regular toothbrushes do not reach, is essential. Aim to do this at least once a day using floss or specially designed interdental brushes.
Changes during pregnancy
You may notice some changes in your mouth during pregnancy, such as an increase in saliva production.
The most common oral issue is known as pregnancy gingivitis, which occurs when your gums react more aggressively to dental plaque. This usually starts at around 8 weeks, peaks in the 8th month, then ends shortly after delivery.
If you suffer from morning sickness and vomit frequently, the acid can damage your tooth enamel. This makes your teeth more susceptible to wear from the abrasives in toothpaste.
For this reason, it is best to avoid brushing your teeth for at least an hour after vomiting.
Top tip: To neutralize the acid and freshen your mouth, try rinsing using a teaspoon of baking soda mixed into a cup of water.
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