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Oral Health Tips

Oral Health During Pregnancy

Maintaining excellent oral health is extremely important for you and your baby during pregnancy. With all the changes that come with pregnancy, your body is now producing higher levels of hormones, there are higher levels of blood flowing through your body and higher levels of acid in your mouth.

As with many mum-to-bes, morning sickness is something that is often experienced during pregnancy. Morning sickness increases the acid levels in your mouth and it's extremely important not to brush your teeth straight away; brushing too soon can result in the erosion of tooth enamel, the outer layer of the tooth. Alternatively, consider rinsing your mouth with plain water, or possibly adding a few drops of mouth wash into the water if you prefer. 

With the many changes that your body experiences during this incredible journey it's important to keep an eye out for any dental health issues that may arise.

Key Oral Healthcare Tips while pregnant

  • Brush your teeth twice a day using a soft toothbrush, keeping your brush at a 45-degree angle and using circular motions. If you are unable to tolerate toothpaste try using a children's toothpaste, they are usually milder in taste. In the instance you find your gag reflex has increased, try using a children's toothbrush with a smaller head

  • Floss daily or if you are unable to tolerate flossing try an interdental cleaner

  • Drink plenty of water

  • Eat a healthy diet, being mindful of highly acidic foods

  • Avoid sugar, soft drink, juices, caffeine and alcohol

  • Maintain your regular dental visits

Visiting the Dentist While Pregnant

While there is a lot happening throughout your pregnancy it is important to keep up to date with your regular 6 monthly dental checkups. When visiting your dentist be sure to inform them that you're pregnant. During your checkup, they will be able to address any concerns you have and provide additional recommendations to help keep your oral health in excellent condition.

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