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Pregnancy dental care: what to expect?

2018.01.25
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Some recommendations by prenatal care health professionals and dental health professionals regarding oral health care during pregnancy:

  • Get oral health treatment, as recommended by your dentist prior to delivery
  • Tell your dentist the names and dosages of all drugs you are taking – including medications and prenatal vitamins prescribed by your doctor – as well as any specific medical advice your doctor has given you. Your dentist may need to alter your dental treatment plan based on this information.
  • If X-rays are essential (such as in a dental emergency), Dr. Beeram and staff will use extreme caution to safeguard you and your baby. Advances in technology have made X-rays much safer today than in past decades.
  • Practice good oral hygiene throughout your pregnancy.
  • Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner.
  • Brush your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste twice a day.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months or more often if the bristles are frayed.
  • Rinse nightly with an over-the-counter fluoridated, alcohol-free mouth rinse.
  • If morning sickness is keeping you from brushing your teeth, we will be happy to recommend a bland-tasting toothpaste during pregnancy. Additionally, after vomiting, rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water to stop acid from attacking your teeth.
  • Eat a variety of healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain products and eat fewer foods high in sugar.
  • Drink water throughout the day, especially between meals and snacks and choose water or milk instead of juice, fruit-flavored drinks, or soda.