Maintain Good Oral Health in Pregnancy
- 7 Months ago
Pregnancy is the most exciting and busiest time of your life. While you give importance to all the aspects of your pregnancy health, many of us fail to give any importance to oral health. It is important to put it on the list of priorities at this time during pregnancy.
Growing research and evidence shows a link between gum disease in pregnant women and low birth weight and premature delivery. Studies reveal that gum disease triggers secretion of increased levels of biological fluids that induces labor.
Oral problems that develop during pregnancy:
Many pregnant women experience oral health problems like dental plaque, bleeding gums and gingivitis. Pregnancy induced gingivitis is more common due to pregnancy hormones and the way the gums react to the irritants in the plaque.
Pregnant women are also at risk of developing tumors when swollen gums become irritated. Usually, these tumors shrink on their own after child birth. But if the tumor is interfering while talking, chewing, brushing or other oral hygiene activities, then the dentist might decide to remove it.
How to prevent oral problems in pregnancy?
• Always keep your teeth clean especially near the gum line.
• Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride tooth paste.
• If brushing leads to morning sickness, rinse your mouth with antiplaque mouth wash and water.
• Include foods like cheese, curd, fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet that keep the oral cavity healthy and strong.
• Control plaque and gingivitis by ensuring frequent cleaning from your dentist.
When should you visit the dentist?
If you are planning to get pregnant or if you get to know that you are pregnant, schedule an appointment with your dentist right away. It is important that your dentist assists you with your oral health and map out the right dental plan for you. Revisit your dentist in the second and third trimester for cleaning, monitor the changes and gauge the effectiveness of your oral hygiene.