If you are a new mother, or will be one soon, then you should know that your smile is key to having a healthy baby. Good teeth and gums are at the top of the list so you and your baby are healthy.
At Confidental we emphasize the need for good oral hygiene and dental care before and during pregnancy. In addition, a number of studies have found that pregnant women with periodontal disease – a more serious form of the gum infection gingivitis – are more likely to have a preterm or low birth-weight baby. Preventing oral disease is key to overall health and that not only includes improving access to dental care but making changes at home.
Some mothers often worry that dental treatment during pregnancy is not safe. This is NOT true. There should be no difficulties in maintaining your routine dental programme during pregnancy, and it is in fact strongly advised.
The body goes through many changes during pregnancy, one important one being increased hormones. The body attempts to increase the amount of fluid in the body and this can cause the gums to become puffy. In particular you may find the gums begin to bleed easier than before and more often. The best course of action to prevent this is to maintain a strong level of oral hygiene and go to the dentist for regular check-ups as often as recommended. Our hygenists will advise you on the best brushing tools and techniques as well as providing a comprehensive clean.
Even though visiting the dentist is essential during pregnancy, some dental-related treatments can be left until after the birth. For instance, the Department of Health recommends that if you require need an amalgam filling, or a top-up of an old filling, that it waits until after the child is born. Additionally, if you require for any reason, a dental X-ray during pregnancy, dentists will generally avoid this until after the birth also. So before you try for a baby, make an appointment with a dentist at Confidental to check your teeth and gums. This way, any problems can be rectified, and if you need a filling, this can be done before you are carrying a baby.
If you suffer from severe morning sickness, your teeth are susceptible to irreparable damage from strong stomach acids. Our dental team can provide you with the correct and advice, mouthrinses and support during this time. For example, brushing your teeth straight after vomiting is extremely unsafe.Remember, life is precious, especially when you are dealing with babies. It’s in your best interest and that of your child to keep your smile in great shape. You’ll have more than one reason to do so. Love your smile, and love your baby.Back to Blog
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