Pregnancy and Dental Health

Aah!! Riya screamed out in a pain during her pregnancy. What happened? Her hubby (Arun) came running in tension? As now Riya was not just a lady but she was pregnant too. Arun came and checked; Riya was eating something but suddenly got a deep pain in her tooth. She almost had tears in her eyes a tooth pain was just unavoidable. Arun immediately suggested, lets visit s dentist. Riya got scared as she was pregnant but Arun convinced her and sorted her all queries. 

Tell me, mommies, do you also have or had any such queries? Then below are the things to be considered your dental health while you are pregnant. 

A lot of hormonal changes happen in your body due to pregnancy, which can trigger gum problems and tooth decay. This dental disease can affect a developing baby.

Before you become pregnant – 

Dental hygiene is very important before getting pregnant. A lot of research has already proved that there is a strong relationship between the gum problems of pregnant ladies and premature birth with low birth weight. This may risk your baby’s health. Also, the research tells us that due to a chronic infection in the gums up to 18 out of every 100 premature births may be triggered by periodontal disease. If proper dental care taken may reduce the risk of premature birth. 

  • Brush your teeth and gums twice a day
  • Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft brush
  • Floss between your teeth
  • Visit your dentist regularly
  • If needed take a dental treatment before pregnancy

During pregnancy – 

It’s always healthy to maintain your oral hygiene.
Oral hygiene contain
  • Tell your dentist that you are pregnant. Get your routine dental check-up done. 
  • If any urgent treatment is necessary then get it done asap.
  • If you plan to visit your dentist, then meet your gynac first, check with her, what to ask the dentist. 
  • Inform both the docs (dentist and gynac) about the running medicines. 
  • Now a day’s dental X-Rays are safe to be done during pregnancy. But before opting for the same, do not forget to inform your gynac and ask her the precautions to be taken. 
  • Maintain your dental check-up routine even in your pregnancy.  
  • Hormonal changes may bring tenderness, bleeding in gums, swelling in your teeth which can increase the risk of periodontal disease. This condition is also called gingivitis. If you face any of the above conditions, you’re your dentist immediately. 
  • To avoid all these simply maintain your oral health.

Eating the right way – 

  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet.
  • Add dairy products like yogurts, cheese, milk, and all calcium-rich food. These will help in developing baby’s teeth bones. 
  • Drink plenty of water. 
  • Avoid all sugary food and drinks

After the pregnancy – 

  • Visit your dentist immediately after your pregnancy to check if any gum issues are there
  • Get all the rest treatments are done which were pending during pregnancy.
  • We generally don’t give attention to dental problems but if avoided then it can lead to serious issues as given above. So always maintain your oral health and make a routine check-up for your oral hygiene.

Pregnancy brings a lot of changes in a woman’s body, a regular check-up, and healthy food can save you from a lot of complications. 

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