Here are some tips for keeping that smile white while you’re in between whitening appointments.
1. Inform your dentist
Notify your dentist that you are pregnant as soon as possible. Provide information about your stage of pregnancy, any changes in your medication, and any specific concerns you may have.
2. Maintain good oral hygiene
Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Floss daily to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth. Good oral hygiene helps prevent gum disease, which has been linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes.
3. Morning sickness and oral health
If you experience morning sickness and frequent vomiting, the acid from your stomach can weaken tooth enamel. Rinse your mouth with water or fluoride mouthwash after vomiting, but avoid brushing immediately to prevent further enamel damage. Wait for at least 30 minutes before brushing.
4. Watch your diet
A balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals is important for both your oral health and the development of your baby. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and dairy products. Limit sugary snacks and drinks, as they can contribute to tooth decay.
5. Hormonal changes and oral health
Pregnancy hormones can affect your oral health, leading to an increased risk of gum disease and gingivitis. Pay extra attention to your gum health, and if you notice any changes such as swelling, tenderness, or bleeding gums, consult your dentist.
6. Dental treatments during pregnancy
Routine dental treatments like cleanings, fillings, and X-rays are generally safe during pregnancy. However, it’s best to avoid unnecessary dental procedures during the first trimester and consult with your dentist and healthcare provider to assess the timing and safety of any required treatments.
Dental X-rays are generally safe during pregnancy, especially when using proper shielding to protect your abdomen and thyroid. However, it’s recommended to postpone non-emergency X-rays until after pregnancy, if possible.
Inform your dentist about any medications you are taking, including prenatal vitamins. Some antibiotics and pain medications may be safe to use during pregnancy, while others may need to be avoided or adjusted. Your dentist and healthcare provider can coordinate to ensure the safest options for your dental care.
9. Regular dental check-ups
Continue with your regular dental check-ups during pregnancy. These visits allow your dentist to monitor your oral health, address any concerns promptly, and provide professional cleanings that can contribute to a healthy mouth.
Remember, maintaining good oral health during pregnancy is important not only for yourself but also for your baby’s overall health. By following these guidelines and seeking professional dental care, you can help ensure a healthy and happy pregnancy.