Dental care during pregnancy is important because your body is going through hormonal changes while at the same time, your baby’s first set of teeth begin to develop. Embryo tooth development begins when you’re six weeks pregnant. At three to four months, your baby’s teeth will start mineralizing.
For the sake of your health and your baby’s health, it’s important to consult with your GP and gynecologist about the supplements you should be taking and foods you should be eating to keep you and your baby healthy during pregnancy.
How can dental care during pregnancy help you?
If you have morning sickness, stomach acid can adversely affect your teeth by eating away at tooth enamel and making you prone to dental decay. Brushing with bland toothpaste and using an alcohol-free mouthwash to rinse can help you protect your teeth and may also help you avoid feeling nauseous.
You should continue your dental care during pregnancy, and WebMD recommends that you let your dentist know you’re pregnant and about all the medications and prenatal vitamins you’re taking. Due to hormonal changes, your gums may be more sensitive than normal and may bleed easily. You should let your dentist know if this is occurring so you can receive treatment to prevent you from developing periodontal disease.
Avoid sugary foods, even though you may crave them and keep your daily brushing and flossing routine in place.
What about your baby’s teeth after birth?
If you breastfeed your baby, it’s good for the baby’s oral health because it exercises the baby’s jaw muscles and increases blood flow in the jaw, which helps the jaw and skull to grow. If a mother can breast feed, it’s preferable to bottle-feeding.
NUK is a company that produces a line of pacifiers designed to be orthodontically correct so as to avoid causing overbites, open bites, teeth clenching and other types of bite deformities. The brand also offers other products that can help with breastfeeding or bottle-feeding.
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