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How to Properly Care for Your Teeth during Pregnancy

It is essential that you take good care of your gums and teeth while pregnant. Getting pregnant changes your entire hormonal chemistry making you more susceptible to gum disease, cavities and other dental issues. This however isn’t just about you. Your oral problems can actually harm the baby. There are a few great tips that you can employ to take care of your teeth while pregnant.

Schedule a Dental Appointment

Schedule a dental appointment as soon as you discover you are pregnant and after visiting an obstetrician. The Obstetrician will recommend any precautions or instructions you might require during your pregnancy. Relay this information to your dentist.

Your routine dental work can still be done while you're pregnant and so can emergency or urgent procedures. Elective dental procedures should be pushed forward until after you have had the baby.

Report any medication you might be taking including prenatal vitamins. Relay any information your doctor might have given you. The more information your dentist has, the better he can modify your dental treatment plan.

Consider Changing Toothpaste

Morning sickness can make it virtually impossible to brush your teeth. Begin by rinsing your mouth every time you vomit or experience morning sickness. Consider switching to milder or bland-tasting toothpaste during this time. Your dentist may be able to recommend a good brand for you.

Brush Thoroughly

Now more than ever you need to pay attention to how you brush your teeth. Pay particular attention to your front and back teeth. Brush the gum-line since you are susceptible to gingivitis during pregnancy. Be sure to also brush the biting surfaces of your teeth along with the teeth to prevent tooth decay.

Brush after every meal and especially if you have a snack just before bed or in the middle of the night. Again, you are more prone to cavities while pregnant so it is prudent that you brush soon after eating. Rinse with fluoride mouthwash to strengthen your teeth.

Eat Healthy

Maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Again, this isn’t just for your oral health but also that of your baby. The baby's teeth begin to develop roughly three months into the pregnancy. Dairy products such as yoghurt, cheese and milk are great for you and your baby's bones, gums and teeth.

Schedule a dental appointment as soon as you notice any gum or teeth problem. Lastly, pregnancy is no excuse to neglect or miss your dental appointments and is actually more important now than ever. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 4/12/2018
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How to Prevent Cavities

The first line of defense where cavities are concerned is to practice good oral hygiene. This means following dentist orders such as brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Good dental hygiene, although effective, may not be enough to prevent cavities.

There are a few practices and tips that you can incorporate into your every-day life to protect your self from cavities and gum disease.

Routine Dental Visits

Make regular appointments with your dentist, preferably at least once every six months. You may need to go more frequently if you have recurring issues or prone to dental issues. Your dentist can recommend on the exact frequency based on your condition. Tooth cleaning and oral exams to spot problems before they develop are a great place to start.

Drink Tap Water

Most city tap water contains fluoride which is essential for good dental health. The fluoride helps to re-mineralize the teeth. Regularly drinking water also helps to wash out harmful bacteria and boost saliva production both of which can help to prevent cavities. If you only drink bottled water, consider substituting with tap water every so often or use fluoride products. If you already drink tap water exclusively, limit the amount of fluoride products you use because too much fluoride can actually damage your teeth.

Use Mouth Wash

Make a habit of rinsing your mouth with mouthwash after brushing. This goes hand in hand with brushing at least twice a day or after every meal.

Eat Healthy Foods

There are specific foods that are actually good for your teeth. Foods such as vegetable, fresh fruits, cheese, sugar-free gum and unsweetened tea and coffee come to mind in this case. Include these in your diet whenever possible or even substitute processed foods and sugary snacks for these.

Consider Dental Sealant

Speak to your dentist about dental sealants especially if you have uneven teeth. The sealant covers up nooks, crannies and grooves where food might get trapped. These sealants can potentially last up to 10 years with good oral hygiene and proper care so it's a wise investment any way you look at it.

Lastly, speak to your dentist and ask for additional tips to prevent cavities and other dental and oral issues. Your dentist would be happy to prescribe tips or products that you might use for your set of teeth and unique needs. Most of all, visit the dentist as soon as you notice any signs of cavities or dental issues. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 2/21/2018
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