Tips to a Healthy Mouth for the Expecting Mother

Tips to a Healthy Mouth for the Expecting Mother
January 19th, 2017

Tips to a Healthy Mouth for the Expecting Mother

Tips to a Healthy Mouth for the Expecting Mother

Today we’re going to talk about how the expecting mother can safely take care of her teeth.We will outline all 3 trimesters of pregnancy and the nursing phase. It is important to inform us if you are expecting, so that we can plan accordingly. We want to ensure that mothers are well educated on how to care for their teeth during pregnancy since different challenges may arise.

First Trimester

  • Red and inflamed gums: One of the first things to look for after finding out your pregnant is changes in gum health. Changes in hormones may cause pregnancy gingivitis, indicated by inflamed gums that are tender and bleed easily. It is important to maintain excellent home care during pregnancy and to have regular dental cleanings performed.
  • Morning sickness: If morning sickness is a problem for you, try using a bland toothpaste and small toothbrush. These changes could help reduce triggers. Also, rinse your mouth with water or mouth rinse if you have frequent bouts of vomiting. This will help neutralize the acidic environment created in your mouth.
  • X-rays and fluoride: both are part of the normal oral health care regimen and are safe to continue with during pregnancy.
  • Elective dental care: procedures such as cosmetic dentistry, dental implant placement, etc can be delayed until after your baby is born. Only essential care and cleanings/exams need to be completed.

Second Trimester

  • Avoid Sugary Snacks: Even if you’re craving sugary snacks, we urge you to do your best to stay away from them or limit them in your diet. Sugar leads to dental decay, so it is important to try and eat healthier snacks like veggies, fruits, yogurt, cheese, and anything else your physician recommends.
  • Important Vitamins and Nutrients: Between months 3 and 6 your child’s teeth will start to develop. It is important you take in vitamin A, C, and D, protein, calcium, and phosphorus to help your baby’s teeth develop.
  • Pregnancy Granuloma: Keep an eye out for these small, temporary tumors that develop on gums. They can also pop up on the lips, tongue, and inner cheek.

Third Trimester

  • Avoid us: Avoid the dental treatment during the last six weeks of pregnancy if at all possible.
  • Be Dedicated: Be dedicated to maintaining excellent home care during the last trimester. Make sure you’re adequately brushing and flossing.
  • Schedule a check-up appointment for after the baby is born

Nursing

  • X-rays, local anesthesia, and nitrous oxide are all safe while breastfeeding.
  • Great time to have elective treatment like cosmetic dentistry or implant placement.
  • The Baby: Start brushing your child’s teeth with a soft toothbrush and water as soon as their first teeth start to erupt. Schedule an appointment with us around 1 year of age or within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth.

Thank You for Reading Our Blog

If you are expecting and want to schedule a dental check-up or have any questions please give us a call at 317-535-7141 or visit mygreenwooddentist.com. Have a great day!

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