Congrats!! You have just been told you are expecting a little bundle of joy to your family. What an emotional time, when hormones are all jumbled and the body prepares for the new one to arrive. During the time, you will do everything you can to ensure the baby is healthy, including taking prenatal vitamins, eating right, exercising, and getting plenty of rest. This is all well and good, however, many expectant mothers never take into account their oral health, which can have an effect. At Wellwood Family Dentistry, we care that Mom has healthy teeth and gums, which can transfer over to baby – for the good or bad.
There are several things an expectant mom can do to help prevent many dental conditions or diseases from developing, which include:
-Staying on top of brushing and flossing and scheduling checkups every six months. The best time to get a teeth cleaning and exam are in the second trimester, after the morning sickness period is over and before you are too uncomfortable to lay uncomfortable.
-Morning sickness that results in vomiting creates acid that can stay on the teeth and cause decay. Brushing immediately after and swishing the mouth with mouthwash will help eliminate the acid.
-Pregnancy can cause dry mouth, which carries a greater risk of tooth decay and infections. Chewing sugarless gum and drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated can protect your teeth.
-Periodontal disease can develop or get worse during pregnancy and can affect adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm labor or low-birth weight. It is important to protect your gums by flossing.
For more information or to consult with Dr. Elliot Einbinder, please reach out and contact us at 410.486.3898 today. We hope to see you at the dentist in Pikesville, Maryland, soon!