Pregnancy And Oral Health

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  • October 26, 2016

Pregnancy takes a huge toll on the body and your teeth are no exception. Taking care of your body and health are never as important as they are now. The unique importance that oral health has on you and your growing baby cannot be underestimated. Visiting Private Dental Services, your go-to dentist in the West Loop, should be a priority once you find out you are expecting. However, there are some things you can do and look out for on your own. Here are four things to pay attention to while pregnant.

  1. Pregnancy gingivitis – During pregnancy some women may find they are prone to pregnancy gingivitis, which is a milder form of the gum disease but still important to prevent and treat. Watch out for this condition—your gums will appear red, tender, and sore.
  1. Diet – Your baby’s teeth will begin to develop between the third and sixth months of gestation, so it is particularly important to pay attention to your diet during this time. Vitamins A, C, D, protein, calcium, and phosphorus should all be consumed during this period
  1. Morning sickness – Unfortunately, morning sickness is a reality for many pregnant women and there’s really nothing you can do about it. You can, however, protect your teeth from stomach acid by rinsing with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water.
  1. Postpartum – Paying close attention to oral health should not end after the birth of your child, in fact you now have another person’s mouth to look after. Baby teeth usually begin to appear about six months after birth. Clean your newborn’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping their gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth. Tooth decay can occur as soon as your baby’s teeth come in so it is very important to keep the area clean.

Your dental health during pregnancy is extremely important, for both you and your new baby. Visiting your dentist in the West Loop should be an essential part of your pregnancy check-up routine. When booking your appointment with Private Dental make sure to let them know what stage of pregnancy you are in and any new medications you are on.

Let Private Dental Services help you maintain oral health before, during, and after the birth of your baby. Maintaining oral health is essential to healthy life.

Courtesy of Mouth Healthy