Women who are expecting the arrival of their newest family member can expect a whole lot of other things, especially with regards to their oral health.
Find more information about the most common oral health problems experienced by pregnant women in this previous blog post.
Meanwhile in this article, we will tackle the most important aspects of oral health care for them.
Screening and Prevention
If your last dental visit is more than six months ago, then it’s about time to pay your dentist a visit.
All pregnant women are advised to go to their dentist for the assessment of important things like their oral hygiene practices, existing oral health problems (i.e. tooth decay, gum problems, etc.), frequency of dental visits, and access to fluoridated water.
They should also undergo a comprehensive oral examination to assess the health of her teeth, gums, and other oral structures.
This will be followed by instructions on how to properly perform brushing and flossing, control diet, and do regular dental visits.
Your dentist and ob-gynecologist will communicate and develop an ongoing collaborative relationship until you after you have given birth.
Your ob-gynecologist will approve or recommend any safety measures that your dentist should execute upon providing your dental treatment.
Your dentist will set and do all the dental procedures you need during the second trimester of pregnancy because it is when the development of your unborn baby’s internal organs is complete.
If you need any emergency dental treatment, it may be performed at any trimester, although extra care will be provided during the third trimester due to possibility of additional problems and complications.
To prevent this, your dentist will consider giving you short appointments and observe certain precautionary measures.
Supplementation with calcium and magnesium is important for expectant mothers. These minerals are crucial for the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth.
Magnesium has the added benefit of promoting restful sleep and relieving headaches, cramps, and even bruxism or teeth grinding.
Pregnant women are advised to take a variety of healthy foods which include a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, and dairy products. Meat, poultry, fish, and eggs, are also fine.
Foods that must be avoided to maintain oral health (and also general health) are sweets, high-sugar fruit juices, and sodas.
Drink plenty or water and/or milk in place of sugar-rich drinks. Fluoridated water is recommended to help strengthen your teeth and that of your baby’s.
You may obtain it from community fluoridated water source, or you can buy bottled fluoridated water.
Care must be taken, however, to avoid water with too much fluoride because it can result in mottling of the teeth.
Pregnant women only need 3.0mg of fluoride per day.
Poor oral health care and delaying the treatment that you might need could result in significant risk to you and your baby.
To prevent this, it is extremely important to take care of your oral health during and even after pregnancy.