Pregnancy 101: How your oral health affects you and your baby’s development?

Moms-to-be typically have a lot on their mind and much to prepare for. It is very important for moms-to-be to properly take care of their oral health more than ever. The change in your hormone levels may increase your risk of gum disease, pregnancy tumors, and morning sickness.

Dental disease has been found to affect a developing baby and risk ranging of health conditions including cerebral palsy and problems with sight and hearing. With proper oral hygiene at home and professional help from your dental office, your teeth should remain healthy throughout your pregnancy.

Gum Disease Can Affect a Developing Baby

Gum Disease: is a chronic infection of the gum

During pregnancy, your risk of gum disease is increase due the change in hormone levels causing a build-up of plaque. Studies have shown a link between gum disease in pregnant women and premature birth with low birth weight. It is estimated that up to 18 out of every 100 premature births may be triggered by gum disease.

Damages Caused by Morning Sickness, Gastric Reflex & Retching While Brushing Teeth

It’s common for pregnant women to experience morning sickness, gastric reflex and retching from brushing their teeth. According to the American Congress of Obestricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the acid from your stomach is strong enough to cause tooth erosion and increase the risk of tooth decay.

Suggestion to reduce damages to your teeth from vomiting:

– Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after vomiting. The vigorous action of brushing your tooth, while your tooth is covered in stomach acid may scratch the tooth enamel. Instead rinse your mouth thoroughly with plain tap water and follow up with fluoride mouthwash.

Suggestion to reduce damage to retching while brushing your teeth:

– Switch to a small brush head, such as a brush made for toddlers. Slow down your brushing movement and try closing your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. If that doesn’t help, try listening to music or use other distractions. If the taste or smell of the toothpaste seems to provoke your gastric reflex, try switching brands and scent.

3 Easy Routine to Reduce Your Chance of Poor Oral Health

  1. Oral Hygiene Routines

Make sure you are practicing the standard oral health habits such as brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day. It is important that you exercise these daily habits as poor oral health during pregnancy have been associated with premature delivery, fetal growth restriction, diabetes during pregnancy and preeclampsia.

  1. Eating Habits

Your baby’s teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth months of pregnancy, and eating well can help them form correctly. Make sure to intake the proper amount of vitamins A, vitamin C, vitamin D, protein, calcium, and phosphorous folic acid.

Some women experience food cravings or food intolerance while they are pregnant. If you desire sugary snacks you may be at a higher risk of tooth decay. Try snacking on low-sugar foods instead and if you’re unable to resist your sweet tooth cravings, try snacking on healthier options such as fresh fruits. However, make sure to rinse your mouth with water after snacking on sugary foods.

  1. Visits to Your Dentist

Be sure to let your dentist know you’re pregnant when you schedule your next appointment. The first three months of pregnancy are the most important to your child’s development. For this reason, X-rays, dental anesthetics, pain medications and antibiotics are not recommended.

If going to the dental office causes stress, it is recommended that you schedule your dental visits before your last trimester since you can increase the potential of prenatal difficulties.


For More Information

If you would like to learn more, you can call us (516)825-1100 to reserve your dental care appointment and speak to one of professionals.

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