Pregnant? Visit your Dentist!
A message from Magda, our expectant hygienist at Apple Dental Studios...
Firstly, I want to thank all my patients for all the tips and advice on pregnancy and the new baby.
As my pregnancy slowly approaches its end, I have a few tips for future mums to be.
From my own experience (although every woman is different) I would strongly advise - keep yourself hydrated. I've experienced terrible dryness in my mouth throughout my last 3 months of pregnancy. It is very disturbing, particularly at night time. And as all my patients know, saliva plays a key role in keeping your mouth healthy.
Secondly, I have cravings for sour fruits, eg. apples (Cox is my favourite), grapes, etc. Remember to protect your teeth with any toothpaste high in fluoride and especially designed to care for enamel. And of course, keep the level of bacterial plaque (debris stuck to the surfaces of teeth) low. Inflammation (redness and swelling) of the gums increases in pregnant women in the presence of small amounts of plaque. In most cases, increased gum inflammation only occurs in women who had evidence of gingivitis before becoming pregnant.
Having healthy gums helps to minimise the risks of heart conditions, diabetes, stroke, low childbirth weight, lung conditions, etc. This is why I feel that dental hygiene education should be an important part of prenatal care. Healthy gums might lead to a healthier body and a healthier baby.
Therefore regular visits to the dentist and hygienist during pregnancy are important and beneficial for both mother and baby. After childbirth it is important to continue regular dental hygiene visits as this will maintain good dental health for mother, and gives confidence to the child about regular dental checks.
See you all soon :)