Read on to find out how tooth and gum problems can affect the health of your unborn baby, and what you can do to keep yourself and your baby healthy.
Due to hormonal changes, a woman’s dental health can change during pregnancy. Gum problems are quite common and can include redness, puffiness, soreness and bleeding.
While going to the dentist may not be your favorite thing to do, it is absolutely necessary if you have a tooth or gum infection. Did you know that the bacteria from untreated tooth and gum infections travel through your body and can reach your baby? And that this can lead to low birth weight, your baby being born a “premie”, and other complications? And if you have untreated tooth decay or gum disease, that bacteria can pass to your baby after birth through things like kissing, sharing utensils, or putting their pacifier in your mouth. Keeping your mouth healthy will help keep your baby’s mouth healthy.
If you have concerns about how treatment may affect your unborn baby, rest assured. Most dental treatment is considered safe during pregnancy and recommended by health care professionals.
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In the meantime, here are some things you can do for good dental and overall health:
|Eat balanced meals and snacks, and avoid “grazing” on foods all through the day. Allow your teeth to “rest” in between meals, so they can re-mineralize, which strengthens your tooth enamel.
Eat real, whole food: plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, meat, nuts, seeds and other healthy fats.
Limit starchy and sugary foods like cereals, breads, cookies, crackers and of course, candy. Make sure you don’t eat too much sugar: stick to no more than 5 grams of sugar per serving of any food.
|Drink plenty of pure, filtered water. A good guideline is half your body weight in ounces per day, more if you drink sweetened beverages like juices and lattes.
Avoid all soda-it has an acid that pulls calcium from your bones, which includes your teeth! Not to mention that the high sugar content can contribute to gestational (pregnancy) diabetes.
|Brush with a soft toothbrush 2x/day. Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Gently floss 1x/day.
If you vomit, do not brush right away, as this can damage your teeth. Rinse your mouth using a cup of water with 1 teaspoon of baking soda in it.
|Chew gum with xylitol, especially after eating.|
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