First off: Congratulations! Pregnancy is an exciting but scary time for everyone involved, and the last thing you want is more health complications. However, it is important to be mindful of the changes in your oral health that pregnancy can cause, as taking care of your teeth becomes even more crucial.
Take Care of Your Teeth
Studies have revealed that there are potential links between fetal health and the mother’s oral hygiene. Stay vigilant and don’t cut corners when brushing your teeth! Ensure you’re flossing daily and also utilizing non-alcoholic mouthwash. These day to day hygiene rituals becomes that much more important when more than one life is being affected.
Pregnancy and Tooth Decay
Tooth decay and gum disease are two terms that you hear very often when reading about oral health, and they’re especially prevalent during pregnancy. Changing hormone levels can cause the pH of your saliva to change, which can have adverse effects on your teeth. Acid, for example, erodes your tooth enamel and can lead to other complications, especially in the long run. To counteract this, ensure you’re drinking plenty of water and rinsing your mouth every now and then. Morning sickness is an unpleasant subject to discuss, but it’s worth mentioning that it can also have an effect on teeth. Leftover vomit will contain highly acidic stomach acids, which again contribute to weaker enamel and tooth decay. Clean out your mouth thoroughly!
In regards to oral health, the Canada Food Guide recommends that you modify your diet to include more foods containing calcium and vitamins A, C, and D. All of these minerals are essential in keeping your teeth and enamel strong. When it comes to snacks, choose options that are low in carbohydrates and sugars, and look instead for vegetables and foods with high levels of calcium.
Tell your Dentist!
Finally, make sure you’ve informed your dentist about your pregnancy so they can take the appropriate next steps. This is doubly as important if you have upcoming cavity fillings or x-rays. Work with your oral health care professionals to determine the best time to get such tests done.
Understanding the changes that your body is going through is an important first step to staying healthy. Many mothers are simply not aware how much their oral hygiene and pregnancy are related. Centennial Smiles is here to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at (587) 353-5060 if you have any concerns about your pregnancy or oral health.