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Pregnancy and Oral Health

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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.

                    

First 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.

 

Second Trimester

  • 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.

 

Third Trimester

  • 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.

 

Post-Pregnancy

  • 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.

 

 

 

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