Oral Hygiene Habits During Pregnancy
Pregnancy can be overwhelming for any women. Soon-to-be mothers will notice many changes in the bodies and often receive a large array of health advice from doctors, friends, and family. Dr. Kapadia recommends that pregnant women should not overlook the importance of keeping good oral hygiene habits during pregnancy in order to prevent complications.
Morning sickness and vomiting are natural parts of pregnancy. The acidity of vomit can actually erode tooth enamel if not treated and can lead to a buildup of other particulates on your teeth. Pregnant women regularly experiencing morning sickness should wash their teeth with a mixture of baking soda and water after being sick. Rinsing the teeth will help remove any buildup, alleviate a majority of the acidity from the vomit, and work to maintain a healthy smile.
Proper Tooth Brushing
Expecting mothers you should always brush your teeth at least twice a day. This may seem like common knowledge, but maintaining a regular teeth cleaning routine is vital to promote good oral hygiene habits. Removing any plaque buildup on the teeth will help prevent future buildup. If untreated, swallowing large amounts of plaque or bacterial buildup may affect the gestation of a fetus. It may even cause further complications during pregnancy.
It is important for expecting mothers to choose antimicrobial mouthwash that is alcohol-free. Pregnant or not, it is common to swallow small amounts of mouthwash. Alcohol from swallowed mouthwash can affect a gestating baby, so Dr. Kapadia always suggest using alcohol-free, antimicrobial mouthwash.
Another effective way for women to remove buildup from the teeth, resulting from normal pregnancy body conditions, is to use floss. Frequently flossing will help eliminate bacteria from the teeth that may cause infections. Bacterial infections can lead to destructive viruses and can negatively impact the overall health of an expecting mother or her baby.
Speak To Your Pediatrician And Visit Your Dentist
It is always a good idea to discuss good oral hygiene habits during your pregnancy with Dr. Kapadia and the staff and Quakerbridge Pediatrics. A normal pregnancy can exacerbate potential oral issues so it is important to create a routine and stick to it. If oral hygiene problems do occur, always visit your dentist for a thorough dental check-up.