Your teeth may need extra attention during your pregnancy. Here is what to expect, and how to care for your teeth throughout each trimester.
If you go to the dentist during your first trimester, tell your dentist that you’re pregnant and have only a check-up and routine cleaning.
If possible, postpone any major dental work until after the first trimester. However, if you have a dental emergency, don’t wait!
Watch for pregnancy gingivitis. Hormone changes during pregnancy can affect the gums, making them more sensitive and inflamed in response to bacteria along the gum line. Don’t leave this problem untreated. Pregnant women with periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small.
If you suffer from morning sickness, the stomach acid can damage the surface of your teeth and promote tooth decay. If you have been sick, rinse your mouth with a mouth wash afterwards, to protect your tooth enamel. Use bland toothpaste and a soft, small toothbrush to minimise the risk f morning sickness.
You should have more frequent cleanings and check-ups during pregnancy. Use a dentist recommended mouth wash.
Avoid sugary snacks (even if you are craving them)
Include plenty of Vitamin C, Calcium and Vitamin B12 in your diet
Watch for Pregnancy Granuloma: small, temporary tumours found on the mouth r lips during pregnancy
Avoid dental treatments during the last six weeks of your pregnancy
Be especially vigilant with your home care (brushing & flossing)
Schedule a dental appointment after the baby is born
X-rays, local anaesthesia and nitrous oxide are generally safe while breastfeeding, although it is better to postpone all major dental work until after you give birth and you stop breastfeeding.