During pregnancy, expectant moms take many steps to make sure they are healthy so that their baby will be too. Some of these changes are obvious like watching what they eat and drink, but some aren’t as well known such as stepping up your oral health care. The hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can cause changes in your mouth that create the perfect conditions for gum disease to develop. Mothers who neglect their oral health increase the risk of a pre-term birth for their babies. Here’s some easy ways to keep your mouth healthy during this very special time:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once.
- Drink water with your meals and rinse your mouth out after snacking.
- Reduce the amount of sweets and refined carbs that you consume.
- Take extra care to clean above and around the gumline.
- Nausea and vomiting from morning sickness can deposit stomach acid on your teeth. Rinse mouth with water or mouthwash rather than brushing following an episode.
If you aren’t pregnant yet but are planning to be, it’s best to start with a healthy mouth. By scheduling an oral health evaluation with Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants early, we can catch and treat any issues before you are expecting. For mothers who are already pregnant, you still should schedule a visit to ensure your teeth and gums are at their healthiest. In doing so, you’ll protect your unborn child from bacteria that can leave your mouth and travel to them through the bloodstream.
Along with your regular pre-natal visits, periodontal checkups are a great way to protect your health and your baby’s. Now all that’s left to worry about is what to name the baby. Personally we vote for Ed if it’s a boy or Jessica for a girl. 😉