13 Aug Dental care prior, during and post your pregnancy!
Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase the risk of developing gum disease. So, it’s very important to keep a good oral health prior, during and post pregnancy. Here are some tips which will help expecting mother ensure they keep a healthy mouth!
If you’re planning to become pregnant, it’s a good idea to tell your dentist. They can then do a full examination of your teeth and they can be professionally cleaned, gum tissues can be carefully examined and any oral health problems can be treated in advance to reduce the risks of any problems arising during your pregnant.
Routine dental care can be carried out at any time during pregnancy. Any urgent procedures can be done as well. It is advised that any elective procedures are postponed until after the birth of the baby. So, it is important you always tell your dentist if you are pregnant so they know the right procedures to carry out.
Inform your dentist of all medications you are taking, both prescribed and over the counter.
Dental x-rays can be done during pregnancy. If you have any concerns talk to your dentist who will evaluate your case and decide whether they can be postponed.
Now is not the time to be missing appointments for your dental check-ups. During pregnancy, you release a lot more hormones which can put you at an increased risk for periodontal (gum) disease, which cases a condition called pregnancy gingivitis.
During pregnancy, you can get something called a pregnancy epulis or ‘pregnancy tumour’ an area of swelling on part of the gum Your dentist may offer to remove it but often return throughout pregnancy. They aren’t a cause of concern and usually disappear after the birth.
Ensure you carry out good oral hygiene practices to prevent and/or reduce oral health problems.
Your baby’s teeth? Your baby’s first teeth begin to develop about 3 months into pregnancy. Eat a healthy, balanced diet containing dairy produce. Cheese and yoghurt are good sources of these essential minerals and are good for developing teeth, gums and bones.
If you’ve experienced any gum problems during pregnancy, see your dentist and hygienist soon after delivery to have a full mouth examination.