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Bump, Baby, Brush: Navigating Dental Care During Pregnancy

Bump, Baby, Brush: Navigating Dental Care During Pregnancy

by Joel Doong on 3/12/2023

Ah, the journey of pregnancy – a magical time marked by countless changes, and yes, that includes your dental care routine. Here are some invaluable tips to ensure your oral health aligns seamlessly with your pregnancy glow:

1. Dental Treatments During Pregnancy:

The American Dental Association (ADA) gives a green light for dental treatments during any stage of pregnancy, especially if urgent. Addressing infections promptly is crucial, as untreated issues can lead to complications for both you and your baby. While routine visits are best scheduled during the second trimester, urgent treatments for pain relief can be carried out as needed. Remember, a visit to the oral health therapist for calculus removal is far gentler on your baby than the inflammatory mediator Prostaglandin, linked to gum disease, which could induce premature birth.

2. Pregnancy and Oral Hygiene:

Given the changes in dietary habits during pregnancy, prioritising oral hygiene becomes even more essential. Brush your teeth at least 2-3 times daily and floss at least once a day. Using fluoridated toothpaste is safe. Regular dental visits for professional cleaning are paramount to prevent major issues. Increased blood supply to the gums during pregnancy is normal, but any bleeding should be monitored. If a specific area consistently bleeds, it requires more frequent cleaning. Consult your dentist if the bleeding persists after three days.

3. Building Strong Teeth for Your Little One:

Teeth start forming as early as the 6th week for baby teeth and the 5th month for permanent teeth. During pregnancy, unfavourable conditions like medication use, infections, or nutritional deficiencies can pose threats to forming and mineralizing teeth. Always consult your GP before taking any medications. A balanced diet, incorporating meats, fruits, vegetables, cereals, and milk, contributes positively to your baby's dental development. If additional vitamins are needed, your GP can prescribe them.

As you embark on this incredible journey, remember that your oral health is an integral part of the well-being of both you and your baby. With proper care, you can confidently showcase that radiant smile alongside your baby bump. Cheers to a healthy and happy pregnancy!