If you’re pregnant, you’ve got a lot to do to prepare for your baby. From painting the nursery to stocking up on diapers, there’s a lot on your plate. Going to the dentist may be the last thing on your mind, but at Dreier Family Dental, we emphasize the importance of dental care, especially during pregnancy.
There are a few steps you can take to ensure that your mouth stays healthy throughout your pregnancy. Let’s get started!
1. Make Sure To Tell Your Dentist That You’re Pregnant
First things first, your dentist should know that you’re pregnant. Don’t make them guess. Feel free to share the news, so they have a better idea of how to treat you.
You should also give your dentist the name and dosage of any medications you’re taking. This includes all medications and prenatal vitamins that have been prescribed to you by a doctor.
2. Don’t Skip Routine Checkups And Oral Exams Or Other Dental Procedures
It’s especially important to stay on top of 6-month checkups during pregnancy. Your entire body will go through so many changes and that includes your teeth and mouth. Sticking to your professional cleanings will help Dr. Dreier detect potential issues and tackle them before they become serious problems.
Routine checkups and oral exams are completely safe for your baby, as are common dental procedures like fillings and crowns. Even x-rays can be performed without any negative effects to your health, or that of your child.
So there’s no excuse! Make sure you see your dentist!
3. Take Precautions To Prevent Morning Sickness From Affecting Your Oral Health
More than 50% of women experience morning sickness during pregnancy. This is the most common in the earlier months of pregnancy, but can persist full-term.
If you vomit because of morning sickness, you must take proper precautions to prevent stomach acids from eroding your teeth, and causing serious dental issues. If you are having trouble brushing your teeth in the morning, use a bland, unsweetened toothpaste.
In addition, you should be brushing your teeth every time you get sick. This will help remove acids and prevent tooth decay. A mouthwash or rinse is also recommended,
to ensure the complete removal of stomach acid.
4. Don’t Fall Victim To Cravings For Sugary Sweets
Pregnancy cravings are a mysterious beast. You may end up craving sweets quite a bit while you’re pregnant, but you should avoid overindulging. A balanced diet high in fats, protein, and complex carbohydrates is the best for you, your child, and your teeth.
If you do end up eating sweets, make sure you brush your teeth afterward, to prevent tooth decay. You should also try to eat sweets in only one session. Finish eating, then brush. It’s much better for your oral health than snacking on sweets all day.
Get The Treatment You Need During Your Pregnancy At Dreier Family Dental!
At Dreier Family Dental, we serve patients of all ages! Our family practice can give you advice on how to best maintain good oral health throughout your entire pregnancy.
If you have more questions about what you need to do as an expecting mother, contact us at (608) 752-2931 for an appointment, or come see Dr. Dreier, Dr. Connie Winter and Dr. Jim Winter in-person at 2630 Liberty Lane, Janesville, WI 53545.