Dental Care During Pregnancy
BEFORE YOU GET PREGNANT VISIT THE DENTIST
If you plan to start a family, have a thorough dental examination, professional cleaning and radio graphs before becoming pregnant. Complete all recommended treatment so that your mouth is in great health.
1 ST TRIMESTER – During Pregnancy Tell your dentist (and doctor) if you are pregnant. Avoid dental X-rays during pregnancy. Don’t skip you dental check-up appointment simply because you are pregnant.
PREGNANCY GINGIVITIS Take regular periodontal (gum) exams because pregnancy causes hormonal changes that put you at increased risk for periodontal disease and for tender gums that bleed easily.
COPING WITH MORNING SICKNESS Follow good oral hygiene practices to prevent and / or reduce oral health problems.
USE BLAND TOOTHPASTE To avoid morning sickness.
RINSE YOUR MOUTH Frequently if suffering from morning sickness.
USE A SOFT TOOTHBRUSH With a small toothbrush head to prevent vomiting. Don’t brush right after vomiting.
2 ND TRIMESTER– AVOID SUGARY SNACKS Even though you may be craving them.
HELP BUILD HEALTHY TEETH FOR YOU AND YOUR BABY Maintain a diet rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B12 and Calcium.
3 RD TRIMESTER– AVOID DENTAL TREATMENTS During last weeks of pregnancy, except for emergency case.
BRUSHING AND FLOSSING Remain especially thorough in your home care.
SCHEDULE A DENTAL APPOINTMENT After the baby is born.