Should I Really Check My Teeth before I Get Pregnant?
You might not think of dental care as part of planning for pregnancy, but it’s really important. Let’s review a few reasons why.
When you become pregnant, it’s important to focus on the development of your baby. However, this is when you have a greater chance of developing cavities because of the many changes that are happening to your body.
During your pregnancy, you don’t want to damage your gums and teeth because of the many hormonal changes going on in your body.
These hormonal changes include the following symptoms.
- Gums react differently to plaque buildup.
- Nausea and vomiting create an imbalance in your mouth.
- Tiredness and lethargy are common.
- Swollen gums often happen.
There are other factors that also affect your pregnant body.
- Changes in brushing and flossing.
- Grinding your teeth.
- Not drinking enough water.
- Foods you eat because of nausea.
Before You Become Pregnant
Be sure that your dental care is current with a full exam at your dentist’s office.
- Obtain full mouth X-rays.
- Screen for oral cancer.
- Look for disease of teeth or gums.
- Review proper oral hygiene.
After You Become Pregnant
Every pregnant woman must visit her dentist, at least once, ideally twice before her baby (or babies) are born.
- Checkup and cleaning at end of first trimester.
- Checkup and cleaning at end of second trimester.
- Use alkaline mouth rinses to maintain proper balance in the mouth.
- Use a small toothbrush to prevent gagging.
You Are a Wise Woman!
You want to prepare your body—all of it—before becoming pregnant. Make sure you’re in good health, including your dental care, and you’ll be well on your way to providing an amazing experience to focus on your developing baby!
For more ideas on dental care before, during, and after pregnancy, in addition to ways to deal with challenges during pregnancy, visit KoraCare.com.
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