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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