Teeth and Gums Before and During Pregnancy

Congratulations, newly expecting mothers! As you begin to exude your natural beautiful glow, we want to tell you of other important changes your body may be going through.  If you currently are not an avid brush-er or floss-er, we advise you to adopt a daily dental care routine. The various hormonal changes women experience during their pregnancy lower their ability to fight off gum disease. Severe gum disease may be linked to preterm birth and low birth weight.

Maintaining good oral health before and during your pregnancy will significantly lower those risks, and have a positive effect on your baby. Morning sickness, nausea and cravings are three uncontrollable factors that can counteract your oral care efforts. We encourage you to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily.3-DE-Blog_2.7.143

Several changes to your diet will also help prevent tooth and gum disease. Eat foods high in vitamin C to strengthen your immune system, enabling a stronger resistance to disease. Eliminate soda and any other sugary drinks from your diet. Drink water or low-fat milk as alternatives instead. You are not only avoiding tooth decay, but you are also staying hydrated. Limit sugary foods as well.  Any extra intake of sugar may lead to softening of the tooth enamel, increasing the risk of cavities and further dental issues. Chewing sugarless gum after eating is another option for keeping your teeth clean.

We advise that you make an appointment with your dentist at least once during your pregnancy. Brush and floss at least twice a day, and regularly check your gums for any swelling, bleeding or inflammation to avoid pregnancy gingivitis.  Avoiding infection  is very important for keeping your baby healthy

Follow these tips to complement your glow with a set of pearly whites! We encourage you to share this with your fellow mommy-to-bes! Share it, pin it and tweet it!

For more information on how to start protecting your teeth and your baby’s teeth, check out this informational brochure: http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/hsm/files/pated_prenatal.pdf