When you are pregnant, you take extra care with your health by taking vitamins, eating right, going to your doctor checkups and getting plenty of rest. But are you thinking of good oral health care as part of your pre-natal care?
During pregnancy, the acidity level in your mouth rises which increases the risk of tooth decay. Also, hormonal changes can make your gums bleed and swell more easily.
It’s essential to take good care of your own teeth but your overall oral health care will help your baby’s teeth too! Research shows that the bacteria in a mother’s mouth that causes tooth decay can be transmitted to her baby.
3 Easy Tips To Give Your Baby a Good Start for Healthy Teeth and Gums
- Keep your dental exam and cleaning Our checkups may identify oral health problems of which you are unaware and we can begin treatment right away. Let’s discuss ways to prevent or manage any dental conditions that you have to keep your teeth healthy during your pregnancy and after.
- Brush twice a day, especially at bedtime. Saliva helps fight tooth decay and your mouth produces less saliva at night.
- Drink lots of water and stay away from sugared sodas and energy drinks.
Tooth decay is preventable and we can help! Please come see us if you are expecting a baby to talk about your oral health and that of your newborn. It’s never too soon to start good dental care practices!
Let Us Answer Your Questions on Dental Health During Pregnancy
Dr. Lorraine Burio of Candlewood Dental Care has been treating and educating patients for over twenty-five years. Our office serves the New Fairfield, New Milford, Danbury, and Sherman areas of CT and Pawling, Patterson and Putnam Lake of New York. You can call us at 203-746-1200.