Dental Care During Pregnancy

Most people understand it is important to take care of themselves while they are pregnant. However, many people do not realize how important proper dental care is during pregnancy. Visiting the dentist before, during and after being pregnant is very important for the health of both mother and baby.

Our helpful dental infographic helps people understand what is important about their oral health during each stage of their pregnancy. Please take a moment to check this out and to share it with others you know who may be pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

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Things to Remember

  • X-rays, if necessary, can be done.  Advances in safety procedures have made the procedure possible when and if necessary.
  • Elective procedures should be deferred until after your baby is born.
  • Take care to note any dental infection, bleeding in the gums, or toothache during your pregnancy, and see your dentist as soon as possible to take care of it before it gets serious.

Step One: Advise your dentist of your pregnancy

This ensures that your dentist has all the information needed in case you have a dental problem during your pregnancy. Also, it will give your dentist an early opportunity to provide you information prior to your next scheduled visit.

Step Two: Educate yourself about dental health and pregnancy

Good daily dental care during pregnancy is important to when you are pregnant. To prevent dental problems, remember to brush your teeth at least twice per day and floss  at least once per day. These are habits that you should always have, but you especially want to avoid serious dental problems when you are pregnant – sedation is not something you should consider when pregnant.

Next, prepare a list of all medications and dosages you are currently taking and any instructions from your physician. This will be helpful for your dentist. Avoiding certain drugs such as tetracycline, which can affect the healthy development of your baby, is also advised during your pregnancy.

Step Three: Understand the role of nutrition in healthy teeth

Similar to other health aspects of your pregnancy, eating foods that are rich in the vitamins and minerals necessary your baby’s development is a good start in your pregnancy and the dental health of you and your baby.

OralB, a prominent dental care product manufacturer, says that a well-balanced diet is beneficial for both you and your baby’s dental health, as well as overall health.  Calcium, vitamin D, C and A, phosphorous, and protein are nutritional elements that your body will need. Eating foods that contain these elements are wise and advisable to avoid dental problems during pregnancy.

You should avoid snacking too much when you are pregnant, as plaque will form. This is the precursor to tooth decay. If your sweet tooth kicks in while you are pregnant, attempt to fulfill those cravings with snacks that are low in sugar but high in protein.

You also should remember to avoid all tobacco products and alcohol when pregnant. Not only are these stimulants bad for your baby – they can damage your teeth, too.

Following these simple guidelines and tips will help to keep your dental health in top shape when you are expecting.