Dental Care for Pregnant Women & Proper Nutrition
During pregnancy, it is more important than ever to keep up good oral care habits. Dry mouth is a potential problem, but there are other pregnancy-specific oral health issues to watch out for. You may experience conditions like pregnancy gingivitis and “pregnancy tumors,” which are non-cancerous overgrowths of tissue on the gum. That’s why it’s vital to maintain good oral health habits during pregnancy, which means brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between your teeth daily with floss, water flossers, or another interdental cleaning device.
A baby’s teeth start to develop between the third and sixth months of pregnancy—so it’s crucial not only to make healthy diet decisions for your oral health but your baby’s, too. Foods like green leafy vegetables, carrots, nuts, and milk will help to keep your teeth and gums in excellent condition, thanks to the fact that they contain calcium, vitamin A and vitamin C. Eating less sugary foods can also promote a healthier smile because sugary and starchy foods make your mouth a friendly environment for bacteria, leading to acid attacks on your tooth enamel. Also, be sure to see your dentist at least once while you are pregnant. As medical professionals do not recommend getting professional cleanings during the first and third trimesters, the second trimester is the best time to see your dental professional and consider a cleaning appointment.
Pregnancy dry mouth is not only an uncomfortable symptom of pregnancy—but it can also put you at a greater risk for problems like tooth decay and infections. Luckily, the fix is easy. Staying hydrated, maintaining excellent oral care, and making healthy diet decisions all help your mouth (and your baby’s growing teeth) remain strong and healthy.