Oral care in pregnancy
You are pregnant !!
This is one of the most magical words that you can ever hear , it means that your life will be changing .
Our body changes with the new comer as it starts to get prepared with all different ways .
As your oral health is the gate to your and your baby's overall health .
We need to understand how the pregnancy affects our body .
During pregnancy your hormones will change and this will lead to more sensitive body reactions toward plaque , Good oral health habits not only help prevent oral problems during pregnancy, they also help the health of your unborn child.
What you eat during your pregnancy affects the development of your unborn child – including teeth.
Eating a balanced diet is necessary to provide the correct amounts of nutrients to nourish both you and your child.
Your baby’s teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth month of pregnancy, so it is important that you receive sufficient nutrients – especially calcium, protein, phosphorous, and vitamins A, C, and D.
There is a common myth that calcium is lost from the mother’s teeth during pregnancy.In fact, the calcium your baby needs is provided by your diet, not by your teeth. If your diet does not provide enough calcium, your body will provide this mineral from stores in your bones.
If you have an adequate intake of dairy products – the main source of calcium – or take any supplements your obstetrician recommends – this will help you get the calcium you need.
On the other hand your gums reaction to the build up and dental plaque will be very sensitive which means that your gums will need less plaque to get inflamed and bleed , so a good brushing and flossing regime is necessary to prevent any gum issues .
To help prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease, brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque. Be sure to clean between your teeth daily with floss or inter-dental cleaners.
Make regular visits to your dentist during your pregnancy to ensure the best possible health for you and your baby.
Visiting your dentist regularly will not have any bad effect on your baby , but it will make sure that your oral cavity is clean and have no harmful bacteria or infections that can affect your precious new comer.
If you have any questions regrading your oral health our team in Queenswood dental would be happy to help you out .
You can reach us at
613 824 0600