Oral hygiene is extremely important, especially when you are pregnant. If you do not properly take care of your smile, many dental issues could arise, like pregnancy gingivitis, tooth decay, and pregnancy tumors. In order to prevent these issues as well as maintain a strong and successful oral health, we strongly recommend doing the following six things on a regular basis:
· Brush: Brush your teeth every morning and every night with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Make sure you brush for two minutes each time and you thoroughly scrub the front, back, top, and bottom of each tooth.
· Floss: Floss your smile at least once a day to remove the excess plaque and food particles that are stuck between your teeth. Flossing will help you clean the areas of your smile that your toothbrush could not reach.
· Rinse: Rinse your mouth daily with antibacterial mouthwash. Doing so will help you control the growth of plaque on your smile and it will help you prevent gum disease. All you need to do is follow the instructions provided on the bottle.
· Have a balanced diet: Having a balanced diet is important because it helps you maintain strong and healthy teeth, especially if you eat more fruits and vegetables. Also, please do your best to keep from snacking throughout the day.
· Visit your dentist: It is vital that you visit your dentist every six months for a routine cleaning and checkup. These appointments will help you prevent many dental issues and they will give our team the chance to professionally clean your smile. When you come into our office, make sure you tell us that you are pregnant.
· Control oral acid: If you suffer with severe morning sickness, the frequent vomiting can harm your smile. Because your teeth are exposed to stomach acid each day, the chances of developing tooth decay increase. So, rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda and water to keep the acid from destroying your smile.
If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about taking care of your smile during your pregnancy, please feel free to call Westwood Dental at 913-432-0765. Dr. Shelly Galvin and our entire dental team are more than happy to help you in any way we can, even if it’s just by answering your dental questions.