Oral Health Tips to Keep in Mind During Pregnancy
Pregnancy can be both an exciting and stressful time. It may be the case that your oral health is the last thing on your mind when you’re consumed with the health of your baby to be. With that in mind, here are a few easy tips to keep in mind so that you and your teeth stay as healthy as the baby! And don’t forget to bring the little one in once his or her first tooth comes in!
1. Morning sickness and brushing
Keeping up with your regular twice daily brushing and flossing can be difficult when you’re dealing with a volatile stomach. It helps to switch to a more neutral flavored toothpaste during this time to help with the nausea. Don’t forget to rinse your mouth out with water or mouthwash after vomiting as it can erode your tooth enamel.
2. Don’t avoid the dentist
Some people believe that a trip to the dentist during pregnancy can be harmful to the baby. However, it is more dangerous to neglect your oral health. These days most dentists, including Dr. Thompson, are trained in treating soon-to-be mothers and their babies.
3. Don’t pass on the germs
Once you’re little one is born, do you’re best to avoid sharing your oral bacteria. The bacteria that causes tooth decay isn’t initially present in an infant’s mouth, but something as small as the sharing of a spoon can spread these to your child. Do your best to keep your mouth clean and thoroughly clean anything you intend on giving to your child to put in their mouth.
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