Oral Care Guide for Mother to be!
Pregnancy is one of the most precious period of women.
During pregnancy, several oral health conditions are more common:
Gingivitis may result from hormonal changes that exaggerate the response to bacteria in the gum tissue.
Brush twice daily & floss regularly to avoid gum disease.
Dental caries may occur due to changes in diet such as increased snacking due to cravings, increased acidity in the mouth due to vomiting, dry mouth or poor oral hygiene stemming from nausea and vomiting.
Avoid Sugary, Sticky food that sticks on & around the tooth surfaces. Brush immediately after consuming such food items. Pay additional attention to oral hygiene. Visit your dentist every 3 months during pregnancy.
Pyogenic granuloma is a round growth, usually connected to the gingiva by a thin cord of tissue, that may develop due to hormonal changes. Such small growths on the gums are very common & generally are due to poor oral hygiene during pregnancy.
Pay more attention to your oral hygiene, brush & floss daily, massage your gums with finger. This should keep your gums healthy and avoid such problems.
Erosion of teeth stemming from vomiting as a result of morning sickness may be detected during pregnancy. If you face such problem, we encourage you to avoid tooth brushing immediately after vomiting, which exposes the teeth to stomach acids. Instead, you should opt for rinsing with a diluted solution of 1 cup water and 1 teaspoon of baking soda to neutralize the acid.
Due to the increased risk of gingivitis and caries, it is important that you should adopt to of good daily oral hygiene regime . Brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled brush for two minutes, using a fluoride-containing toothpaste, and cleaning between the teeth once a day should be encouraged. If it is determined that a topical fluoride treatment is needed to minimize the effects of erosion, fluoride varnish may be preferred over gel treatments due to nausea.