There are many preparations to complete when you are pregnant: baby showers, ultrasounds, painting the nursery, visits to the doctor, buying diapers, etc. However, keeping good oral hygiene practices should be one of these preparations and here is why.
- Because of the changes to your body, you are more susceptible to certain dental health problems. Pregnancy gingivitis is one such example caused by hormone changes. This early stage of gum disease increases the chances of giving birth early to a baby with a low birth weight.
- Those who experience frequent vomiting due to morning sickness are more likely to develop tooth decay because the stomach acids that are put in the mouth eat away at tooth enamel. Swishing a mixture of baking soda and water in your mouth can stop these acids from attacking teeth.
- Non-cancerous pregnancy tumors can also develop in your mouth. These are thought to be caused by an excess of plaque. They often go away after you give birth, but a dentist can remove them too.
How can you prevent these dental health problems from developing? By keeping good oral hygiene practices. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss your teeth once a day. Also be sure to visit your dentist; they may recommend increasing your oral hygiene practices while you are pregnant.