If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, now is the time to pay particular attention to your teeth and gums. That’s because pregnancy – and the changing hormone levels that occur with it – can exaggerate some dental problems. Taking good care of your mouth is important not just for your own sake, but also for the baby. Follow these pregnancy dental care tips for a healthier mouth and baby.

1. Go for an early check-up: 

Dental care should be your priority during your conception phase. That’s because pregnancy – and the changing hormone levels that occur with it – can exaggerate some dental problems. Many women who previously had healthy teeth and gums, may notice that they have swollen or bleeding gums during their pregnancy. This condition is sometimes called “pregnancy gingivitis”.

Make an appointment with your dentist to know about the status of your dental health, get a professional clean-up done and treat cavities or infections early. Best is to get all required treatment before you conceive.

2. Plan a mid-pregnancy check-up: 

Since hormonal changes can trigger oral problems, it is better to visit the dentist preferably after the first trimester and get a professional clean-up.

3. Practice the basics:

Brush at least twice a day for two minutes. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Floss daily to clean between the teeth, where a toothbrush can’t reach, and below the gum line.

4. Don’t self-medicate: 

At any point in time, never try to treat a toothache or bleeding gums with over-the-counter drugs. Seek the help of your dentist and keep your gynaecologist in the loop while getting treated for dental troubles.

5. Check your diet:

Remember most of your dental troubles depend upon the type of diet you subject yourself too. Eat lots of fruits that can help reduce instances of cavities and plaque build-up. Avoid sugary foods and aerated drinks that cause harm to your teeth.

6. Rinse your mouth often: 

If you suffer from morning sickness, rinse your mouth thoroughly after vomiting. In case you need to clean it further, use a brush to do it. Clogged food particles can lead to acidity in the mouth and have a deteriorating effect on the teeth.

7. Reach for help in the right direction:

If anytime during the pregnancy you feel that problems like bleeding gums or cavities are causing you troubles never self-treat. Instead, your treatment should be done by your dentist in conjunction with your gynaecologist. Make sure that you inform both about your condition and treatments that have been planned for you. Basic treatments like cleaning and fillings can be undergone with ease (the dentist at SK SMILE DENTAL CLINIC would decide based on the condition).

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