Your teeth may need a little extra attention during your pregnancy. Here’s what to expect, and how to care for them throughout each trimester.
- Tell your dentist that you are pregnant, so that they create a more suited dental treatment plan for you during your pregnancy and post pregnancy.
- Use gentle, bland toothpaste and a soft, small toothbrush to avoid morning sickness.
- If you are suffering from morning sickness, rinse your mouth out more often and try changing the timing of your morning brush.
- Watch for pregnancy gingivitis: puffy, inflamed gums caused by hormonal changes.
- Check with your private health fund about extra cleaning cover during pregnancy.
- Watch your vitamin intake; include plenty of vitamin C, Calcium, Vitamin D and B12 in your diet. Speak further about this with your doctor or nutritionist.
- Avoid sugary snacks and simple carbohydrates (even if you are craving them).
- Watch for pregnancy granuloma: a small, temporary tumor found around the gums or lips during pregnancy.
- Be especially vigilant with your home care (brushing 2 x daily and flossing daily)
- Try to prevent any major issues with your teeth to avoid dental treatments during the last six weeks of your pregnancy.
- Be sure to schedule your next appointment post pregnancy for maintenance, as we know mums get busier and sometimes fall out of a good oral hygiene habit.
- Postpone major dental work until after birth.
- X-Rays, Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide are all safe while breastfeeding. Be sure to tell your dentist that you are breastfeeding.
- Start speaking to your dentist regarding your baby’s oral health: what to do and what to watch out of in the first couple of years until your baby has her/his first dental visit.