Oral hygiene is very important throughout your life, but even more so during pregnancy. Hormonal changes affect every part of your body, including your mouth, making you more susceptible to gum disease.
Morning sickness can affect teeth due to increased acid in the mouth, which can dissolve the outer layer of enamel on teeth. To prevent this, rinse your mouth as soon as possible after experiencing morning sickness. Do NOT brush your teeth, instead smear a layer of toothpaste over them to help remineralise the tooth surface.
Pregnancy can also cause cravings for certain types of food, and while snacking can help quell a queasy tummy, frequent consumption of sugary food and drink can increase dental decay. Eliminating excess sugar from your diet, brushing and flossing regularly, as well as consuming recommended levels of calcium throughout pregnancy can help to ensure a healthy oral environment.
Some tips to keep in mind;
- If you experience morning sickness, rinse your mouth as soon as possible
- Brush your front and back teeth very well during pregnancy, be sure to include the gum line to help prevent gingivitis – ensure you use only a soft toothbrush
- Brush your teeth before bed, and again after a midnight snack
- Floss regularly
- See your dentist if you experience any oral health problems