Your Oral Cavity During Pregnancy
During pregnancy, it is essential that you take care of your oral cavity. Why? Well, it’s because pregnancy causes changes in the hormones of your body, making you more susceptible to developing gum disease. Here at Dr. Parekh and Associates, we ensure that our patients know the essential tips that can help maintain optimum oral health during pregnancy.
Here are some oral care tips to learn and follow during the pregnancy period:
Oral Hygiene routine is important during pregnancy to prevent and minimize any dental problems. Hormonal changes put you at higher risk of developing gum disease and gingivitis. If you have chronic gum bleeding while pregnant, the American Pregnancy Association recommends that you follow a proper and good oral hygiene and have routine professional cleanings.
Morning sickness is part of pregnancy, and if you are having morning sickness, it is more important that you stick to a regular oral hygiene routine. Acid from the stomach can cause tooth erosion if you don’t wash away the acid from morning sickness. Swishing with baking soda and water can also help right after too.
Visit your dentist as soon as you learn that you’re pregnant. Tell him/her the medications that you are taking during this time. Your dentist may need to change your oral treatment plan based on your pregnancy medications. Talk with your OB-GYN doctor before going to your dentist to know if there are special instructions or precautions for you.
Having optimum oral health is vital especially during pregnancy because of the baby that is still developing in your womb. To learn more about oral health tips during pregnancy, contact our dental office in Alliston.
-Dr. Parekh & Associates Team