If you are expecting, you have much to be concerned with. Your baby’s health is doubtless your priority. Don’t neglect the health of your smile, however. Pregnancy is a critical time in which your health needs special attention, and your dental health is no exception.
Oral Hygiene A Must!
Make the time for healthy eating habits, regular brushing and flossing, and the use of fluoride in rinses and toothpaste. Fluoride rinses will not affect your baby. Preventing cavities and gum disease through proper oral hygiene will avoid the need for dental treatment, and keep your body healthy enough to support your developing baby.
See Your Dental Hygienist Early in Your Pregnancy
See your hygienist as soon as possible for a gum-assessment. Gum disease can be harmful to your baby, so it is vital to prevent or treat it. You may notice that your gums are more sensitive during the first trimester. The hygienist will have recommendations for keeping your gums healthy.
The second trimester is ideal for having any necessary dental work completed. Your baby is going through critical development in the first trimester, and you may be too busy for dental work during the third trimester, or shortly after delivery!
Healthy Habits for Life
Maintaining healthy dental habits during and after pregnancy will help you stay healthy for a long time, and share with your new child the heritage of a healthy lifestyle.
And let’s face it – you don’t need any more health issues on top of those that accompany pregnancy! Being proactive in your dental health during pregnancy will go a long way in preventing bigger problems.
Posted on behalf of:
Alan Horlick DDS
6572 Hwy 92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102
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