When you’re pregnant, you will have to resort to a slightly different lifestyle.
A different means of caring for your teeth is also important as pregnant women often suffer from different problems not present before pregnancy such as gum disease, gingivitis, and general worsened oral health.
Because of these issues, here are some important oral health care tips for pregnant women:
Try substituting sugary snacks for healthier, more nutritious foods.
With pregnancy comes cravings; however, try to keep healthier snacks as part of your cravings, if possible. This is an ideal time to find nutritious foods you may have never tried before to make part of your diet.
Try pretzels and hummus dip, garlic naan bread, or any other snack you may have not tried before. You may grow to love these healthier snacks. Providing the proper vitamins and minerals for your oral health is important, especially during pregnancy.
Pay extra attention to your oral health.
If you notice signs and symptoms of gum disease or other oral problems within the mouth, it’s important to consult a dentist regarding these problems as soon as possible. Don’t shrug these problems off as these issues could worsen overtime or turn into something more if not quickly treated or cured.
Keep up with your oral health routine more than ever before.
Skipping out on a brushing or two or “forgetting” to floss your pearly whites are not good measures to make, especially during pregnancy. In addition to this, it’s important that you are sure you are participating in a two-minute-long, twice-a-day minimum brushings, floss between each and every tooth, lightly brush your gums and tongue, and rinse with mouthwash. Many of these are lacking in the average, everyday person that should be done especially by pregnant women who are more prone to oral-related issues.
Continue attending your biannual dental visits.
Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be attending your dental appointments on a biannual basis. These are more important than ever before. Be sure to notify your dentist and/or hygienist that you’re expecting to ensure the proper dental care takes place for your specific situation.
Overall, pregnant or not, the vital oral care routine should take place in addition to dental visits. Oral health is more important than one could ever imagine, impacting your overall health in more ways than one. Especially for pregnant women, because they are more vulnerable to oral health problems, the proper oral routine, nutritious meals, and overall dental care are more necessary than ever before.