Good oral health is important at all times, including during pregnancy. In addition to brushing twice a day and flossing daily, there are several things expecting mothers should do to ensure good oral health for themselves and their baby. In this blog post, the team at Northfield Dental Group shares five oral health tips expecting mothers should know.
1. Visit Your Dentist as You Normally Would
Contrary to what some people may believe, routine dental checkups, which usually involve X-rays, are safe for pregnant women. Before taking your X-rays, your dentist or hygienist will place a leaded apron over you to minimize exposure to the abdomen. Visit the dentist as you normally would (every six months).
2. Watch Out for Changes in the Mouth
Due to hormonal changes in the body, pregnant women are at risk for gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. If you are pregnant, be extra vigilant of changes in your mouth, including red, tender or sore gums. Early detection and treatment can help stop gingivitis before it turns serious.
3. Eat Healthy
A baby’s teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth months of pregnancy. Because of this, you should follow a healthy diet that is high in tooth-friendly nutrients including vitamins A, C and D, calcium, lean protein and phosphorus. Avoid or limit consumption of acidic and sugary foods and beverages. If you snack, opt for healthy choices like raw fruits, vegetables and low-fat yogurt and cheese.
4. Rinse after Morning Sickness
Morning sickness is often a normal part of pregnancy but, unfortunately, it can increase the amount of acid your mouth is exposed to. Protect your teeth by rinsing with water mixed with a teaspoon of baking soda after vomiting.
5. Get Informed
If you are pregnant for the first time (or even if you’re not), you likely have many questions about pregnancy. Don’t hesitate to ask your dentist about any dental concerns you may have during this exciting and important time of your life. Be sure to ask your dentist for post-pregnancy oral health tips, including the proper way to clean your baby’s gums.
For more dental health tips or to schedule a routine checkup, please contact Northfield Dental Group at (973) 736-0111.