Congratulations if you just found out you are expecting. Pregnancy is an exciting time in a person’s life. Life is about to get really busy, so as you enter into this emotional journey it’s important to remember your oral health. When you’re pregnant you may not realize that the changing hormone levels in your body can affect any dental problems you may have going on in your mouth.
As you begin to take extra care in what you eat, what medications you take, your exercise and health regimen, it is important to realize that brushing and flossing your teeth actually is a contributor to your overall health. You know that old saying . . . “if momma isn’t happy, nobody’s happy”, well if your mouth isn’t healthy, you may not be so healthy. It is a common fact that if you have a healthy mouth there is a good chance that your baby’s mouth will be healthy.
It’s important to see your dentist regularly during pregnancy, maintaining regularly scheduled teeth cleanings and checkups. It is important to tell your dentist that you are pregnant and let them know about any changes you have noticed in your oral health. You may have more sensitive gums during pregnancy. Good daily oral care is important so be sure to brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily as well. If you are one of the unlucky patients who experience morning sickness with pregnancy, it is important to keep a travel toothbrush with you on the go. It is vital to keep your mouth and teeth clean after vomiting. Stomach acid can have negative effects on your teeth and gums, so be sure to rinse thoroughly with cool water and brush your teeth soon after. For more information on your oral health during pregnancy you can go to the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Policy Center for insightful tips and news.