Oral Health Tips for Pregnant Women

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Being pregnant can be stressful with responsibilities and various discomforts that occur during the pregnancy period. Most women tend to ignore the importance of dental health while pregnant, but it is crucial to have proper dental care to avoid any further oral problems.

Some of the common dental problems faced by pregnant women:

  • Pregnancy Gingivitis – Inflammation of the gums that usually occur between second and eighth month of pregnancy. It is characterized by swelling, redness, tenderness and bleeding of the gums which may lead to tooth decay. This is caused by the pregnancy hormonal actions in the body.  
  • Periodontal Disease – The untreated gingivitis causes periodontal disease in pregnant women. Although pregnancy is not the cause, it can aggravate the disease condition with swollen and bleeding gums.
  • Plaque Build-up – During pregnancy, the plaque builds up easily due to the actions of pregnancy hormones, progesterone and estrogen. If plaque is not removed regularly, it may lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Oral Hygiene Tips

  • Brush twice everyday using a fluoride toothpaste. If there is plaque build-up, you can brush thrice but do not give more pressure to the teeth and gums.
  • Floss between your teeth regularly, as it is a part of the regular oral hygiene.
  • Rinse your mouth with a mouth wash to keep the germs away. This will also come in handy when you suffer from morning sickness discomforts.
  • Eat foods that are rich in calcium, Vitamin B12 and C for healthy gums.
  • Use a soft tooth brush if the gums are tender or bleeding.
  • Regularly visit the dentist for oral check-up and treatments to avoid dental conditions during pregnancy.

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