What To Do for a Healthy Mouth and Healthy Baby

Schenectady general dentistThere’s no denying that pregnancy is a simultaneously wonderful and stressful experience. While you’re eagerly awaiting your baby’s arrival, you’re also struggling to take in the unbelievable amount of advice the world around you offers. Between friends, family, and (the ultimate problematic guide) the Internet, there are far too many recommendations to take under consideration.

During this busy time, you’re probably not making your oral health a top priority. Why should you? Because pregnancy puts your mouth at risk. It’s far more common for expectant mothers to develop gum disease. Don’t worry just yet: with a few considerations, you’ll be able to keep your gums (and baby) healthy and happy.

Why Gingivitis Strikes During Pregnancy

Pregnancy changes so many aspects of your body, including your mouth. The hormonal changes that grip you throughout those nine months lead to sensitive oral tissues. The gums therefore have more extreme reactions to plaque and bacteria, making inflammation common – in fact, over half of all pregnant women develop “pregnancy gingivitis.” Swollen gums are more susceptible to infection, kicking off a vicious gum disease cycle. If periodontitis persists, it can even cause complications during your baby’s delivery.

Fortunately, taking early action will prevent disease from gaining a hold in your mouth. By visiting Dr. Scotto as soon as you notice oral swelling, you’ll tackle the issue head-on. For this reason, we urge you to be particularly vigilant during your pregnancy. Check in with your teeth and gums, and react to what they’re telling you. Some detailed ways to accomplish this are below.

Oral Care for Expectant Mothers

  1. Visit the dentist regularly – Dr. Scotto may recommend that you schedule exams more often than usual during your pregnancy. This will give him ample opportunity to check in, identifying inflammation.
  2. Floss consistently – Flossing is your best defense against plaque at the gum line. If you find your gums sensitive during pregnancy, we will recommend soft floss or a Waterpik. Flossing doesn’t have to make you uncomfortable.
  3. Snack carefully – We understand that pregnancy cravings can be debilitating, and may have you reaching for sugary snacks more often than usual. Be sure to clean your teeth after eating, and try to avoid treats high in sugar. If you can’t brush after snacking, rinse your mouth with water.

Nutrients Your Baby Needs to Build Strong Teeth

Schenectady general dentistIn addition to the tips we mentioned above, there’s something even more effective you can do for both your mouth and your baby’s. Getting a well-rounded, nutrient-rich diet during pregnancy is vital. You’re probably already preoccupied with what this means, and working to get all the recommended vitamins that will ensure healthy growth. When it comes to baby’s teeth, it’s important that you embrace:

  • Calcium
  • Phosphorous
  • Protein
  • Vitamins A, C, and D

Your child’s teeth begin to develop between the 3rd and 6th months of pregnancy. By providing your baby with these nutrients, you’ll help him/her build powerful teeth and bones. And by creating healthy teeth, you’ll put off the need for dental treatment (fillings for cavities) as long as possible, fostering a positive attitude toward dentistry. This will stay with your child for life.

Schenectady General Dentist’s Tooth-Healthy Tips

While pregnancy is an exciting period, it can also be difficult. If you’re looking for an extra helping hand during the process, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our practice. We’ll schedule your next exam, offer personalized tips, and do whatever we can to ensure your (and your baby’s) excellent oral health.

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Robert M. Scotto, D.D.S.
615 Union St.
Schenectady, NY 12305
518-374-9770

  

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