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Dental Health and Pregnancy

Pregnant woman with her hands on her bellyIf you are pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant, we advise that you schedule a check-up and cleaning appointment with our team as soon as possible. This is so we can help you achieve perfect dental health, which will then be easier to maintain during your pregnancy.

Oral health plays an important role in your general health every day, however it is especially important during pregnancy when you are more vulnerable to tooth decay and pregnancy gingivitis. This condition is caused by the increase in pregnancy hormones, making your gums more sensitive to the irritants in plaque.

It is important to note that it is still the plaque and not the increase in hormones that is the cause of gingivitis. This can make your gums swollen, tender and bleed when you brush and floss.

Eating a well-balanced diet will also help you to avoid oral health problems during your pregnancy. Your baby’s teeth develop below the gum-line between the third and sixth month, therefore you will need to ensure you eat foods high in calcium and protein. One of the myths of pregnancy is that you lose calcium from your own teeth, however we can assure you that this is not true.

We all fall prey to snacking on unhealthy foods throughout the day, and while this is unhealthy for everyone, it is particularly more harmful to teeth and gums during pregnancy. Although cravings do happen, try to have healthy snacks, as they will be more beneficial for your baby and your oral health.

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