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oral care in pregnancy

What Expecting Moms Need to Know

Pregnancy is a beautiful, transformative journey, but it also comes with a host of responsibilities – especially when it comes to health and wellness. Oral care in pregnancy is an often-overlooked aspect of prenatal care, yet it’s crucial for expecting mothers.

At Dentist at Underwood, we understand the unique oral health challenges faced during pregnancy and are dedicated to helping moms-to-be maintain their oral health. Here’s a comprehensive guide on oral care in pregnancy to ensure both you and your baby have a healthy start.

Understanding Oral Health In Pregnancy

During pregnancy, hormonal changes can affect your oral health. The increased levels of hormones can make your gums more susceptible to plaque, leading to inflammation and gum disease, a condition commonly known as pregnancy gingivitis.

Additionally, morning sickness can increase the amount of acid in your mouth, risking tooth enamel erosion. For these reasons, proactive oral care in pregnancy is vital.

Tips for Maintaining Good Dental Hygiene in Pregnancy

Regular Dental Check-Ups:
Don’t skip your dental appointments just because you’re pregnant. Routine check-ups are safe and essential for monitoring any changes in your oral health. Inform your dentist about your pregnancy so they can tailor your dental care accordingly.

Brushing and Flossing:
Maintain a rigorous oral hygiene routine. Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily to reduce plaque build-up and minimise the risk of gum disease.

Balanced Diet:
A balanced, nutrient-rich diet is not only important for your growing baby but also for your oral health. Limit sugary snacks that can contribute to tooth decay and opt for a diet rich in vitamins A, C, and calcium, which support gum health and the development of your baby’s teeth and bones.

Combat Morning Sickness:
If morning sickness is affecting your oral care routine, try switching to a bland-tasting toothpaste during pregnancy. Rinse your mouth with water or a fluoride mouthwash if you experience vomiting to neutralise the acids.

Stay Hydrated:
Increased water intake can help manage pregnancy-related dry mouth and wash away food particles and acids produced by bacteria in your mouth.

Avoid X-rays:
Routine X-rays are usually postponed until after the birth. However, if an X-ray is crucial, your dental team at Dentist at Underwood will take necessary precautions to ensure your and your baby’s safety.

Limit Elective Dental Work:
Elective treatments, such as our Underwood & Logan teeth whitening or other cosmetic procedures, should be postponed until after pregnancy. Urgent dental issues, however, can and should be addressed immediately.

Special Considerations for Oral Care in Pregnancy

If you’re experiencing any dental problems during pregnancy, don’t hesitate to reach out to your dentist. Treatments for conditions like gum disease or tooth decay are important to prevent more serious health issues. The second trimester is usually the best time for any necessary dental treatments, as the development of your baby’s vital organs is complete, and the discomforts of the third trimester haven’t fully set in.

Why Expecting Moms Should Choose Dentist at Underwood for Oral Care in Pregnancy

At Dentist at Underwood, we prioritise the unique dental needs of pregnant women with utmost care and compassion. Here are reasons why you should trust us with your oral health during this special time:

Expertise in Pregnancy Oral Care:
Our team has specialised knowledge of oral health concerns specific to pregnancy. We’re equipped to address issues promptly and effectively, ensuring a safe environment for both you and your baby.

Tailored Dental Services:
We offer personalised dental services that cater to the specific needs of expectant mothers. Our treatments are designed to ensure comfort and prevent any stress to the mother or baby.

State-of-the-Art Technology:
We utilise the latest dental technology to provide the highest standard of care, minimising risks and ensuring the best outcomes for prenatal dental treatments.

Comprehensive Care:
Beyond addressing immediate dental concerns, we provide comprehensive guidance on maintaining oral health throughout your pregnancy and beyond.

Safe and Welcoming Environment:
Our clinic is designed to be a safe haven for all your dental needs during pregnancy, providing a stress-free and welcoming atmosphere for every visit.

At Dentist at Underwood, we’re committed to supporting expecting moms throughout their pregnancy journey with exceptional dental care. Understanding the importance of oral care in pregnancy is the first step towards ensuring both your wellbeing and that of your baby. We invite you to entrust your oral health to us during this beautiful chapter of your life.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and experience dedicated, empathetic care tailored just for you.

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