Having A Baby? Keep Your Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy
Your body is going through so many changes during pregnancy you may not even think about dental care. It is critical to take care of your teeth during this period, however. At Alabama Family Dentistry, we treat pregnant women with an official release from their obstetrician. To prevent gingivitis and care for morning sickness issues, there are several ways to care for your teeth during pregnancy.
A developing baby is affected by many different drugs. It is critical to let your dentist know that you are pregnant. Talk about all the different prescriptions you have in case you are in need of dental prescriptions. Specific drugs, like tetracycline, negatively affect babies as they grow. Pregnancy and dental care combined keep you and your baby healthy for a safe delivery.
Morning Sickness Dangers
Aside from hindering your nutritional intake, morning sickness negatively affects your tooth health. At Alabama Family Dentistry, we suggest rinsing your mouth with mouthwash or plain water after every vomiting occurrence. Acids within the vomit eat away at your tooth enamel and cause decay. If toothpaste flavors make you nauseated, switch to a flavorless brand to keep your teeth healthy.
Although morning sickness may plague you during the first trimester, try to eat as many healthy foods during your second and third trimesters. You need vitamins A, C and D, along with calcium, phosphorus and protein to have strong teeth. These same elements must be available for your baby’s teeth, as well. Between your third and sixth month of pregnancy, your baby’s teeth are developing. Pregnancy and dental care directly influence each other to create strong teeth for your child.
In general, avoid any major dental treatments, such as root canals, during the first and third trimesters. Although the entire pregnancy period is crucial to the development of your baby, the first and third trimesters are the most critical for initial growth and positioning for birth. All dental x-rays should be postponed until after your baby’s birth. X-ray radiation is extremely dangerous for a developing baby. Unless x-rays are critical to your health, such as during an emergency, do not place your baby in harm’s way.
Periodontal Disease Risk
Your hormones increase significantly during pregnancy to develop the baby and ready your body for birth. One hormone, called progesterone, increases in your body, causing possible gingivitis. Your typical dental cleanings may need to be more frequent during your second trimester to avoid any permanent gingivitis effects.
If you think you are pregnant, tell your dentist as soon as possible. Any upcoming treatments and x-rays need to be postponed or altered for the baby’s health. Once you give birth, your normal dental schedule can resume. Proper dental care during pregnancy helps you and your developing baby. The staff at Alabama Family Dentistry can answer your questions about keeping your teeth healthy during your pregnancy.