You need to take care of your teeth and gums while pregnant. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase the risk of evolving gum disease which, in turn, can affect the health of your developing baby.
Below are some important points to help you maintain good oral health before, during and after pregnancy.
Before You Get Pregnant
Try to make a dental appointment at our clinic before getting pregnant. That way, your teeth can be professionally cleaned, gum tissue can be carefully examined and any oral health problems can be treated in advance of your pregnancy.
Dental Care While Pregnant
Tell your dentist if you are pregnant. Routine dental care can be done any time during pregnancy at our complete dental care in Ranchi. Any urgent procedure can be done, as well at our clinic. All elective dental procedures, however, should be postponed until after the delivery. Before you have your dental appointment, check with your obstetrician to see if she has any special instructions for you.
Tell your dentist the names and dosages of all drugs you are taking – including medications and prenatal vitamins prescribed by your doctor – as well as any specific medical advice your doctor has given you. Our dentist may need to modify your dental treatment plan based on this information.
Dental X-rays can be done during pregnancy. Our dentist in Ranchi will use extreme caution to protect you and your baby, such as shielding your abdomen and thyroid.
Don’t miss your dental checkup appointment simply because you are pregnant. Regular gum Checkups are very important because pregnancy causes hormonal changes that put you at increased risk for periodontal disease and for tender gums that bleed easily – a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. Give particular attention to any changes in your gums during pregnancy. If tenderness, bleeding or gum swelling occurs at any time during your pregnancy, talk with our dentist as soon as possible.
Dealing With Morning Sickness
If morning sickness is keeping you from brushing your teeth, change to a bland-tasting toothpaste during pregnancy. Our dentist or hygienist recommends the brands.
Rinse your mouth with water or a mouth rinse if you suffer from morning sickness and have cycles of frequent vomiting.
Eating Healthy for Your Teeth and Baby
Avoid oversweet snacks. Sweet desiring is common during pregnancy. However, keep in mind that the more habitually you snack, the greater the chance of developing tooth decay.
Eat healthy food, a balanced diet. Your baby’s first teeth begin to progress about three months into pregnancy. Healthy diets containing milk, cheese, and yogurt are a good source of these essential minerals and are good for baby’s developing teeth, gums, and bones.