If you’re a pregnant mom, you have a lot to think about when nurturing your growing baby. One important part of your healthcare during this time, that many women forget when they are pregnant, is oral health.
It’s important for you to take good care of your teeth and gums. The changes pregnancy cause in the body can increase the risk of developing gum disease, which can affect the health of your baby.
Here are a few tips to help maintain good oral health before, during, and after pregnancy.1
Try to make a dental appointment before getting pregnant. If any oral health problems arise, they can be treated before pregnancy.
Here are a few more tips to consider:
Other ways to maintain good oral health while pregnant
Sometimes morning sickness may cause you to not want to brush your teeth. If this happens, change to a bland-tasting toothpaste. Ask the dentist to suggest other brands. Rinse your mouth out with water or a mouth rinse while suffering from morning sickness.
Eating right for teeth and baby
Cravings for sweets are common during pregnancy, but it’s important to avoid sugary snacks. Remember that the more you snack, the greater the chances of getting tooth decay. Some studies have shown that the bacteria responsible for tooth decay are passed from the mother to the child.
Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Babies’ first teeth begin to develop about three months into pregnancy. Dairy products, cheese, and yogurt are sources of nutrients good for developing teeth, gums, and bones.
See the dentist soon after delivery to have a thorough mouth examination and a gum health evaluation.