Congratulations, you’ve found out that you’re expecting! Caring for your teeth and gums is an essential part of your prenatal care plan. Our compassionate team of dental professionals is here to support you and your oral health throughout your pregnancy. We want to make sure that your prenatal dental care is easy and safe. Rest assured that our office stays up-to-date on all COVID-19 precautions recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Along with choosing Falmouth Dental Arts as your partner in oral health, here are 5 tips for maintaining healthy teeth and gums during pregnancy:
1) Share Information
If you have a hygiene or other dental care appointment coming up, please let us know that you are expecting beforehand, as we may need to adjust your treatment plan. Bring a list of all of the medications and vitamins you are taking throughout your pregnancy. Also make sure to tell your obstetrician or midwife about any dental appointments scheduled during your pregnancy so that they can make additional recommendations.
2) Follow Your Regular Routine
Due to an increase in hormones, pregnancy can lead to changes in oral health. These hormonal changes can lead to an increase in plaque build-up that is sometimes referred to as “pregnancy gingivitis.” For this reason, it is important to keep to your regular dental routine. This includes flossing at least once a day and brushing at least twice a day with an ADA-approved toothpaste. If you have any concerns about the best toothbrush or toothpaste to use while pregnant, we are happy to help.
3) Combat the Queasy
If you feel queasy when you brush your teeth, try switching to a new brand of toothpaste or one with a milder flavor. If you are experiencing morning sickness (which can strike any time of day), rinse with mouthwash or a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water to keep stomach acid from affecting your teeth.
4) Maintain Healthy Eating Habits
Did you know that what you eat during pregnancy can set your little one up for good oral health after they are born? Your baby’s teeth actually start to develop between the third and sixth month of pregnancy. We understand how hard it can be to eat a balanced diet when you are feeling nauseous and that food cravings can also dictate what (and when) you eat. Whenever possible, try to eat a balanced diet with vitamin and calcium-rich foods and limit sugary snacks.
5) Keep Your Appointments
It is important to keep any hygiene appointments during pregnancy to maintain your oral health and check for any changes. Again, it is always a good idea to let your obstetric provider know about any upcoming dental appointments. If you have any questions about your dental care plan during your pregnancy, please give us a call – Dr. Brunacini and Dr. Karagiorgos are happy to talk through all your treatment options. Give us a call at 207.781.5900 to schedule your next appointment.