Pregnancy and oral health – how can you best look after your mouth? According to your Local Redcliffe Dentist

As your Local Redcliffe Dentists know, it is extremely important for pregnant patients to maintain a healthy mouth.

Gum disease  during pregnancy has been linked to an increased risk of low birth weight and in some cases, premature birth.  Pregnancy hormones can make gums sensitive to dental plaque.

Here are a few tips for taking care of your oral health during pregnancy –

  • Daily use of floss or another product to clean between your teeth and down to the gum line
  • Try to use an extra-soft toothbrush to gently brush the gum line using small circles
  • It is common for gums to bleed more during pregnancy – don’t avoid brushing when bleeding – reducing the plaque build-up will stop the bleeding.
  • Brush twice a day with a small soft toothbrush and use fluoride toothpaste.

Unfortunately, nausea and vomiting  are commonly experienced with pregnant women, and can effect your oral health.  Frequent vomiting can weaken teeth and increase the risk of decay and erosion.  It is recommended that pregnant women don’t brush straight after vomiting as it can speed up tooth erosion.

If you are feeling nauseous, eat plain foods like dry toast, cereal or crackers.

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  • Eating dairy snacks like milk and cheese can help neutralise acids and protect against decay.
  • Avoid drinking acidic drinks such as juice, soft drinks or sports drinks.
  • Avoid frequent snacking on foods with added sugar.

Fortunately, as your Local Redcliffe Dentists at John Street Dental know, dental treatment is safe during pregnancy so don’t put off treatment until after your bundle of joy arrives!

If you have any concerns regarding pregnancy and oral health call us today on 3284 4281 or Book Online