What is your advice for keeping teeth healthy during pregnancy?

pregnantThis is a great question for me to answer now that I am also pregnant. Be sure to let us know what stage of pregnancy you are in when you make your appointment.

Here are some helpful hints to get you through your pregnancy with healthy mouth.

In addition to your brushing and flossing daily routine, you may want to rinse every night with a fluoridated mouth rinse.

Women are prone to pregnancy gingivitis—, a early form of gum disease resulting in bleeding gums, that can be tender and sore. You can prevent gingivitis by keeping your teeth immaculately clean and we may recommend more frequent visits to the hygienist to help control it. If you notice any changes in your mouth during pregnancy, please come see us right away because if gingivitis is not treated, it can lead to more serious gum disease and health problems that could spread to your baby.

Your baby’s teeth will begin to develop between the third and sixth months which is why you need good nutrients especially vitamins A, C, and D, protein, calcium and phosphorous, at this time.

When you need to snack, make sure you choose foods that are low in sugar and nutritious for you and your baby such as raw fruits and vegetables, sugar free yogurt, or cheese.

If you have morning sickness and are vomiting frequently, make sure you rinse your mouth with water after and/or mouth rinse to stop stomach acid from attacking your teeth. Also, talk to us about how to look after your baby’s teeth as it is important to start when they are young to develop good habits that will last a lifetime. I wish you all the very best for a healthy and enjoyable pregnancy. We look forward to meeting your new little ones.