When you become pregnant there are a lot of changes in your health. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that your oral health is still very important. In pregnancy, it is actually crucial to take care of your teeth. Here are some tips for taking care of your teeth before your bundle of joy enters the world.
Pregnancy can affect your teeth, so it’s important to take care of them as much as possible.
Pregnancy can cause a number of oral health issues that can affect you and your child. The increased levels of hormones, especially estrogen, during pregnancy may cause changes in the gums, which can lead to gum disease. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s important to take steps to protect your teeth against these conditions.
The most common problems associated with pregnancy are dry mouth and tooth decay. Many women develop dry mouth (also known as xerostomia) during pregnancy because their bodies produce less saliva than usual due to hormone changes in the body. This leads to an increased risk of cavities as well as dental erosion from acids that remain on teeth after eating acidic foods such as lemons or orange juice.
You can have dental work done, even when you’re pregnant.
You can have dental care done, even when you’re pregnant. You may need to change the way you receive treatment and what products are used, but if it’s safe for your baby and necessary for your oral health then there’s no reason not to get that cavity filled!
X-rays should be avoided during the first trimester.
The first trimester is the most crucial period of pregnancy, and you should avoid x-rays during this time. X-rays can affect your developing baby’s growth and health. If you have a dental problem that requires treatment, talk to your dentist about how to manage it without x-ray technology. In some cases, alternative treatments are available that won’t put you or your unborn child at risk for harm.
Hopefully, this helped you understand more about the changes in your oral health during pregnancy and how to care for it. The amount of information can be overwhelming, especially if you are a new mother-to-be. With so many things to consider, it might be hard to keep track of everything on your own. You don’t have to! It’s important that you ask questions if there is something that you don’t understand or want a further explanation about. Your dentist is here for this very reason – we’re here to help! We want the best for both of our patients and would love nothing more than to support and guide you through this exciting time in your life!