You may be thinking that pregnancy won’t cause any changes in your oral hygiene routine, but there are few things you should consider when pregnant. Pregnancy affects all areas of the body, and the mouth is no different. If you’re unsure about what to do while pregnant, consult this list and visit your Tampa dentist to get a plan in motion.
Treat Problems Early
If you’ve recently become pregnant or are thinking about becoming pregnant, talk to your Tampa dentist at your next appointment. This way, you and your dentist can address any major needs that should be taken care of sooner than later. While pregnant you won’t be able to use anesthesia, so oral surgeries should be completed pre-pregnancy.
Floss and Brush
Whether or not you’re pregnant you should always be flossing and brushing, but this is especially true when pregnant. You may see your gums becoming more sensitive, enflamed, or prone to bleeding, so don’t be alarmed. Gentle brushing and flossing will help keep your teeth clean and healthy.
Rinse your Mouth
For those women who experience any amount of morning sickness during pregnancy, you are now dealing with higher-than-normal levels of acid in your mouth. Acid can damage your teeth and gums and wear away the enamel, so consult your dentist on a rinse you can use to keep this at bay.
Dry mouth can lead to a higher risk of gum disease and tooth decay, so pregnant women should be drinking enough water. If water isn’t enough, ask your dentist about using candy or chewing gum to promote saliva secretion in your mouth.
The body goes through so many changes while pregnant, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Having a good oral hygiene plan in place can help reduce your stress and keep your teeth looking their best. If you’re already pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant soon, call us at North Pointe Dental to get your next appointment scheduled.