Congratulations! If you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant, your oral health is very important to you and your baby. Research shows the bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease in a mother’s mouth can easily be passed to her child. Unhealthy gums and teeth have also shown negative affects in unborn children. Healthy smiles for your baby begin during pregnancy. So we encourage moms to take advantage of our free consult at Oak Mountain Pediatric Dentistry to discuss steps you can take during your pregnancy to promote good oral health for mom and baby.
Here are a few recommendations during your pregnancy:
- Cleanings are great during pregnancy. The best time to receive dental treatment (fillings etc) is before becoming pregnant but treatment can still be completed safely in the 2nd trimester. This is after organogenesis is complete in the first trimester and before you start feeling uncomfortable in the third trimester. Emergency dental treatment can be completed at any time.
- If you suffer from morning sickness, we recommend rinsing your mouth with 1 tsp of baking soda mixed in a cup of water to neutralize the acidic effect on your teeth.
- Instead of sugary treats, try snacking on more nutrient-dense foods such as raw veggies, hummus, yogurt, nuts or fruit. It is important to continue taking a daily prenatal vitamin to ensure the baby is getting the vitamins and minerals that are crucial to fetal development.
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