Pregnancy and dentistry

Pregnancy is a very exciting and busy time. There are so many changes going on in your body and your mouth is no exception.

Good oral hygiene is extremely important during pregnancy because the increase of hormone levels during pregnancy can cause dental problems to be intensified.

One of the most common dental problems associated with pregnancy is a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis, which usually occurs during the first trimester.

Symptoms of pregnancy gingivitis are usually bleeding, swollen, red and tender gums.

Good oral health during pregnancy could also be important to your fetus. Some researchers have suggested that the serious stage of gum disease, periodontitis, could cause premature birth and low birth weight.

The tips listed below can help you maintain good oral health throughout your pregnancy.

  • Visit your dentist for regular dental check ups and cleanings This is the best way to make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene.
  • Brush your teeth properly at least twice a day to remove plaque.
  • Flossing will remove food debris from in between the teeth that a toothbrush  can’t reach. So do flossing daily.
  • Antimicrobial mouth rinses can help prevent gingivitis. Hence use antimicrobial mouth rinse.
  • Brush or scrape your tongue daily to remove bacteria.
  • Eat nutritious meals and healthy snacks.
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