As you may know, your health as an expectant mother easily affects your growing baby. It’s important to watch what you eat, get plenty of exercise, and avoid exposure to harmful substances.
But are you also watching your smile?
Your oral health even now can have a big impact on your little one. Starting good habits now will help you keep your smile in good shape long after your baby’s arrival.
When to Get Dental Treatment
Dental cleanings and checkups during pregnancy are just fine. If restorative treatment becomes unavoidable, the second trimester is the best time to schedule. At this point, a lot of your baby’s critical development is finished, and your belly won’t be too big to be uncomfortable!
Gum Health Maintenance
You may notice your gums are a lot more sensitive now than before your pregnancy. This is normal due to all the extra hormones. You don’t need to be alarmed by the increased bleeding from your gums, but you should be very diligent about oral hygiene.
Gum disease is linked to premature births, so it’s very important for you to take care of your gums.
Your dentist may even recommend that you have one or two standard dental cleanings during your pregnancy to ensure that you stay healthy.
After Delivery Dental Care
It can be tricky to schedule dental care after the arrival of your baby! But it’s a good idea to get caught up on exams and x-rays as soon as possible to make sure there aren’t any new problems.
Visit your dentist to get suggestions on keeping your gums healthy and your teeth strong. Expectant women with healthy smiles are more likely to have children with healthy teeth!
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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.
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Alan Horlick DDS
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Acworth, GA 30102
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