Expecting A Baby? Why Good Dental Care Is Important
A new pregnancy is something to be celebrated. Naturally, you want to do everything in your power to make sure both you and the baby are healthy. That includes staying active, eating well and getting professional prenatal care. Many women, however, forget about their dental needs during this time. Your dental health can have a huge impact on how both you and your baby are feeling. Therefore, it is very important to make sure your teeth are in good shape throughout your pregnancy. Remember that being pregnant may cause issues with your teeth, so you can never just assume that all is well.
Pregnancy causes a lot of changes in the body, some good and some bad. Many women have more dental problems while they are expecting, due to a shift in hormones. More blood flows to the gums, giving plaque the "food" it needs to thrive. The result is often tooth decay and gum disease. As a result, it is important to be vigilant for signs or symptoms of dental problems during pregnancy. If you notice anything unusual, talk to a medical professional as soon as possible.
Take the Proper Precautions
There are a number of things you probably do each day to make sure your baby is as healthy as possible, including taking prenatal vitamins. Add a good dental care routine to the list as well. Tend to your teeth three times a day, following your meals. Make sure to brush carefully and floss as well so that plaque does not build up.
Eat healthy. Sometimes pregnancy causes certain food cravings, and it is okay to indulge every now and then. However, try to stay away from sugary foods in general and get as much calcium, B12 and vitamin C as you can.
If morning sickness is a problem for you, always wash your mouth out with water following an episode. That will help with the stomach acid, which can cause a lot of problems for your teeth. In addition, if you can, avoid eating or drinking anything after the incident. You do not want to brush, either, because it could harm your sensitive teeth. If you feel a bought of morning sickness coming on, try stepping outside and getting fresh air to see if you can ward it off.
Gingivitis is not uncommon throughout pregnancy. The gums swell and become red, and as a result, bleeding often occurs. Around half of all women typically have gingivitis during their pregnancy. Still, taking good care of your teeth can make you less likely to experience it.
Pregnancy gingivitis can lead to a host of other issues, including periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection that targets the gums and could be particularly bad for pregnant women. In rare cases, the infection can move into the blood stream, and when the body attempts to get rid of it, premature labor could occur. In addition, dental infections are also responsible for some miscarriages as well.
It is also possible for noncancerous growths to show up on the gums as a result of gingivitis and dental plaque. Typically, these don't cause any issues. Still, you should talk to your dentist about them and allow him to evaluate the situation.
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Article Added on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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