How Can Pregnant Mothers Affect Dental Health through Diet?
Pregnant mothers may not realize how important nutrition is. It’s important not just for their own dental health but also for their unborn baby. There’s the saying that pregnant mothers are eating for two. This is true. The mother must keep up her strength, and the baby needs healthy foods to grow properly.
Vital Facts for Pregnant Mothers
When you are three to six months pregnant, your unborn baby’s teeth begin to develop. Ensuring you receive adequate nutrition along with certain vitamins and minerals is vital for you and your baby’s dental health.
Tips for Good Nutrition During Pregnancy
Food, vitamins and minerals that are vitally important are those that include vitamins A, C, and D, protein, calcium and phosphorous.
Mouthhealty.com recommends the following nutritional guidelines.
- Increase the healthy foods that you eat including: vegetables, fruits, whole grains (cereals, breads or crackers) and dairy products (milk, cheese, cottage cheese or unsweetened yoghurt).
- Reduce your intake of sweets: candy, cookies, cake, dried fruit, fruit juices, and sugary beverages (soda and fruit flavored drinks).
- Eat healthy snacks that are low in sugar (fruits, vegetables, cheese and unsweetened yoghurt).
- For reducing nausea, try eating healthy foods in small amounts throughout the day.
- Drink water throughout the day and especially between snacks and meals.
- Replace sugary drinks (soda and fruit juice or fruit flavored drinks) with milk or water.
- Take 600 micrograms of folic acid throughout your pregnancy and eat foods that are high in folic acid (asparagus, broccoli, leafy greens, beans, peas, lentils, papaya, tomato juice, oranges, orange juice, strawberries, cantaloupe, bananas, breads, cereals, corn meal, flour, pasta and white rice).
Do You Have Concerns About Your Dental Health During Pregnancy?
Eating healthy foods will help. Also,at Hutto Hippo Family Dental, our dentists can help you stay on top of dental care during your pregnancy.