Tips for Mom and Mom to be – Pregnancy and Oral Health

Tips for Mom and Mom to be – Pregnancy and Oral Health

Hormones play a part in making your gums swell while pregnant, leading to a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. If you notice that your gums are bleeding more frequently during pregnancy, your dentist might recommend more frequent professional teeth cleanings, at least until your baby is born.

At home, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to reduce the chance of irritating your gums, and a toothpaste to help prevent plaque, tartar build-up and gingivitis. Also, remember to floss at least once a day; swelling makes it easier for bits of food to get stuck in hard-to-reach places.

Morning sickness is a part of pregnancy for many women, you may also suffer from heartburn or acid reflux later in your pregnancy. The gastric acid can cause erosion of tooth enamel. Although you may be tempted to brush your teeth immediately after a bout of morning sickness, the best thing you can do to protect your enamel is swish with baking soda and water afterwards. Baking soda is basic, meaning it will help neutralize the acid from your stomach. Mix about a teaspoon of it into a cup of water, then use the mixture to rinse out your mouth before brushing.

For more tips consult the Dentists at Inamdar Multispeciality Hospital

DR. PRAMANIK NAMRATA

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