Here at Wickham Dental, we advise all our patients on how best to care for their teeth and offer treatments that help to resolve any issues. Many people ask the dentist in Wickham about how they can safeguard their oral health during pregnancy. Having a baby is an exciting time in which the mother’s general health must be greatly protected. Taking good care of the teeth and gums is an important part of that. Here, we explain what our pregnant patients can do to ensure that their oral health remains intact.
Trying for a baby
When trying for a baby, it is a good idea to do as much as possible to ensure good general health. This includes eating well, enjoying lots of fruit, vegetables and wholegrain carbohydrates as well as lean sources of protein. Regular exercise and taking folic acid and vitamin D supplements are also important ways to prepare for the demands of pregnancy and childbirth.
Regarding the teeth and gums, the dentist in Wickham recommends that they are cleaned twice a day every day. Doing this and flossing once per day helps to keep the mouth in tip top condition and can prevent conditions like gum disease which can impact the health of both mother and baby.
If any treatments are required from the dentist in Whickham it is a good idea to schedule these before pregnancy. Depending on the treatment, it may not be safe to have it done during the pregnancy itself. In addition, even if it is appropriate for the mother to have a procedure, she may be feeling ill and tired and may not want to go ahead.
Seeing the dentist while pregnant
Pregnant women should see their dentist for at least one check-up during the nine months. This helps to protect their own health as well as that of the baby. It is important to tell us if you are expecting a baby, as we will then be able to take the necessary precautions when it comes to recommending any treatments and prescribing any medicines needed.
Brushing during pregnancy
Brushing twice a day can be difficult for some expectant mums as it can sometimes cause them to gag. If this is an issue, a child’s toothbrush could be used to help minimise the risk of gagging. Alternatively, the teeth can be cleaned without anything on the brush before rubbing the fluoride toothpaste on afterwards and leaving it to sit on the teeth.
Morning sickness is very common. Many pregnant women are sick throughout the day as well as in the morning, especially in the early stages. Although the urge is to brush the teeth immediately after vomiting, this is not a good idea as it can cause damage. This is because vomiting creates an acidic environment within the mouth. The acid removes much of the saliva that is usually present, and saliva is important for helping to protect and maintain the enamel of the teeth.
It is best to wait at least half an hour after being sick to brush the teeth in order to prevent the deterioration of tooth enamel.