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Everything You Need To Know About Oral Health And Pregnancy.

May 18, 2018 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.comAs you should already know, your oral health is absolutely essential to your overall health. If you do not take care of your teeth and gums, it is going to come back to haunt you at some point in the near future. As a pregnant woman, your oral health is even more important. After all, poor oral health could have an impact on your offspring. What is the connection between pregnancy and oral health? What can you do to keep your teeth and gums healthy during your pregnancy? You’ll find out below!

The Body Changes

Pregnancy is going to change your body significantly. Some of these changes can actually impact your mouth. When you become pregnant, you’re going to experience heavier blood flow, higher hormone levels and additional acid in your mouth. These changes can be significant and they can increase your risks of developing dental health problems. The good news is that you can offset these problems by taking care of your teeth properly. Remember to brush at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste. Flossing at least once a day is recommended as well.

Gum Disease

Pregnant women are at a higher risk of gum disease than women who are not pregnant. Pregnancy is very demanding on the woman’s body. As the hormones increase, your body will not respond to plague as it did before you became pregnant. Plague is the layer of germs found on the teeth that have shown to cause gingivitis and eventually periodontal or gum disease.

If you have ever heard the old wives’ tale that says tooth loss is just a normal part of pregnancy, you should know that this is just not true. With the appropriate diet and vitamin supplements – prescribed by your obstetrician – it is possible to reduce or even eliminate the risks all together.

Gum disease does not only pose risks for the mother, but also it has shown to affect the developing baby. In fact, research has revealed a link between periodontal disease in pregnant women and low birth weight and premature birth.

How Morning Sickness Affects Your Teeth

It is no big secret that morning sickness is going to be a major part of your pregnancy. However, morning sickness can bring about major concerns for your oral health due to all that acid build-up. As acid from the stomach rises to the mouth, it can be powerful enough to cause tooth erosion. Heartburn and acid reflux can result in the same condition, which are also two other symptoms that most pregnant woman suffer from. While it might seem natural to reach for that toothbrush after experiencing a bout of morning sickness, this might not be the best ideal.

This will not only cause the enamel to erode away faster, but it can have other negative effects on the teeth. Your best bet is to swish around some baking soda and water just like you would mouthwash. This will not only refresh the mouth, but it will also help neutralize the acid as well. Use a teaspoon of baking soda and a cup of water to rinse out your mouth then go about your brushing.

Protecting Your Teeth

During pregnancy, you’re going to need to go to greater lengths to keep your oral health in good condition. In order to do this, you’ll need to make sure that you’re brushing as recommended. At least twice a day is best. You’ll also want to clean the areas in between the teeth. You can do this by using floss. You’ll also want to consider scheduling a visit with your family dentist. A checkup can help you identify any potential problems in advance. Also, be sure to stay away from potentially problematic foods and drinks. Avoid soda and sugary candies.

Staff Writer; Terry Love

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