The months before the arrival of your new baby are the perfect time to learn how to learn more about caring for your personal health. It’s important to establish healthy habits as soon as possible in order to protect your own health as well as the health of your baby.
During pregnancy, many of the usual oral hygiene principles apply, but to a greater degree. Some health and dietary factors that are common during and after pregnancy can affect the health of your teeth and gums requiring special attention and care.
Turn to the dentists at The Dental Place in Grand Prairie, TX, Dr. Robert D. Maxey or Dr. Cecil F. George, Jr., as soon as possible for information as to the state of your oral health as well as advice on how to make improvements when indicated. Focusing on preventative care for the next nine months is the best way to get on the pathway to a lifetime of great health.
Diligent brushing and flossing is imperative to protecting your dental health, along with other family and cosmetic dental services. Your obstetrician has likely recommended frequent, smaller meals and snacks in order to maintain your energy level. These meals also provide the additional nutrients that are necessary for your growing baby. Brushing and rinsing away plaque and food particles can help to ward off bad breath, cavities, and gingivitis.
Gingivitis, inflammation of the gums, is a common occurrence seen in pregnant women. The body tends to be overly sensitive to the bacteria found in plaque, triggering bleeding, swelling, and tenderness. Taking steps to keep the teeth and gums clean can help to lessen these symptoms and also prevent the condition from progressing to periodontal disease. These are steps that our dental team near Arlington, TX may suggest.
An increase in the acid level in the mouth is another common factor during pregnancy. Acid reflux, GERD, and nausea can create an acidic environment in the mouth. These acids are known to contribute to tooth decay and sensitivity as well as halitosis. Rinsing with water, gentle brushing, chewing sugarless gums are suggested methods of neutralizing acidic saliva.
It is important to remember that each pregnancy is unique. Your dentist is prepared to provide the specialized care that you deserve. To learn more about your dental health during pregnancy, contact The Dental Place in Grand Prairie, TX at 972-264-5795.