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How to look after your teeth when you are pregnant

Posted 12 April 2016 in News

Pregnant Woman

When women are pregnant, their body experiences many changes. Morning sickness, nausea and fatigue are some common issues related to pregnancy, but many women don’t know that their dental health can be affected too.

Pregnant women experience boosted hormone levels that lead to increased blood flow which can result in swollen, red or even bleeding gums. If this situation is not resolved, there is a great chance of more plaque accumulation.

If you want to take good care of your teeth during pregnancy, you must be aware of all the changes that take place in the gums like bleeding, tenderness and swollen gums. Whenever you notice such problems you should go to the dentist.

This advice is not exclusive for pregnant women, but when women are pregnant they must make sure that this advice is adhered to. To help combat any problems you must brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis and perform this activity thoroughly. Another good suggestion is to consume healthy food and drinks and include more dairy products on your menu and stay away from sugary products and other snacks.

By doing this you will strengthen your own teeth thanks to the minerals found in these products and support the proper development of teeth in your baby.

If you want to keep your mouth clean all the time, it is also a smart idea to use a mouthwash. You can use a commercial mouthwash or homemade mouthwash, but whatever option you choose, make sure to ask your dentist first.

Many people wonder how long they should brush the teeth. Experts agree that brushing the teeth for four minutes in the morning and before bedtime is the ideal amount of time spent on this activity.

Pregnant women are also advised to use a softer toothbrush because the hormonal changes make the gums more sensitive. In addition, it is recommended to use toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth and gums.

For more advice about dental care during pregnancy, please contact us now.

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