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Tips to avoid dental issues and gum diseases during pregnancy

Taking care of your mouth is very important during pregnancy for you and your baby. After you become pregnant your hormones start to increase and change, affecting your body and your lifestyle.

With proper oral hygiene and professional help from your dentist, you can prevent future dental problems, such as gum disease and increased risk of tooth decay.

Common causes of dental issues during pregnancy can include:

  • Gum problems: Brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily, eating low-sugar foods, using a fluoridated mouthwash and drinking at least 8 glasses of water everyday can help to prevent gum diseases.
  • Vomiting: Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after vomiting (at least you should wait an hour), only rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.
  • Dry mouth: Drink plenty of water and chew sugarless gum to enhance production of saliva.
  • Cavities: Most women experience food cravings, a regular desire for sugary snacks may increase the risk of tooth decay. Eat fresh fruits or low-sugar foods instead.
  • Enamel erosion: Gastric reflux and morning sickness can damage your teeth with strong stomach acids. If the taste of the toothpaste or mouthwash seems to provoke your gag reflex, switch to another brand.

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You need to increase your daily amount of calcium and vitamins during pregnancy to protect your bone mass and the development of your baby. Include products to your diet such as: cheese, yoghurt, milk, soymilk, fish, eggs and grains. Take dietary supplement of folic acid will reduce the risk of birth defects or decalcification.

Your dentist might recommend a professional teeth cleaning to keeping your mouth healthy and sometimes they might recommend to do regular periodontal exams.

Follow these oral hygiene practices to improve your overall health and it also help to ensure a safe pregnancy and a healthy baby. Getting the necessary dental care with us during your vacation. We can provide the best quality and service in dental procedures for affordable prices. Schedule your appointment here.