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Smile! You’re Pregnant!

July 7, 2011

Filed under: Pregnancy — admin @ 7:08 pm

Nicci Micco wrote a wonderful article in the July, 2011 issue of American Baby magazine on taking care of your teeth when you’re expecting.

From the article:

  • Low levels of plaque that might have been inconsequential before you conceived can cause worrisome problems now.
  • Most pregnant women experience some degree of gingivitis, which is marked by red, swollen gums  that bleed easily.
  • Untreated gingivitis can escalate to gum disease, a big deal because women with this condition are significantly more likely to have a preterm baby.
  • The carbs you may rely on to quell nausea bathe your teeth in sugars. 
  • Morning sickness in the first trimester and heartburn, increase acids in your mouth, inviting cavity-causing bacteria.

Here’s how to keep your teeth in top shape while expecting.

  • Make a hygiene appointment with your dentist.
  • Continue brushing 2 – 3 times a day.  Skip the toothpaste if it makes you queasy. The act of brushing is better than nothing.  Brush even more frequently if you are eating more frequently.
  • Floss!  It will help reduce the inflammation that’s causing sensitivity and bleeding.
  • Rinse – Because bacteria pose a greater threat during pregnancy, gargling with an antimicrobial mouthwash is  a smart idea.
  • Manage your morning sickness. After a gastric episode, neutralize the acids by rinsing your mouth with water mixed with a tsp of baking soda.  Then brush with toothpaste that has fluoride.  

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