When you are having a baby, you have lots to think about for nine months. Most moms-to-be spend time picking out layettes, creating nurseries and selecting names. Practically every choice you make is centered on the new baby. During this exciting time, you need to take care of your body, which includes thinking about your oral health.
The hormonal changes in a woman’s body can affect the health of teeth and gums. These tips will help you protect your smile and your unborn baby.
Before You Conceive
Try to schedule a dental checkup to make sure your mouth is in good condition so that the dentist can address any problems. It’s best to handle any major restorative work when you aren’t expecting. The same is true for X-rays. Being proactive with your treatment will ensure optimal dental health once you actually become pregnant.
If you need routine care during pregnancy, don’t schedule it during the first trimester or at the end of the third trimester; the second trimester is the optimal time for dental exams. Though you may feel exhausted and overwhelmed, remember to brush and floss frequently. Good home care will prevent issues like gum disease, which can increase the risk of pre-term births.
After You Give Birth
Once the baby arrives, you will probably be consumed with caring for your newborn. Take time to address any problems you developed during pregnancy to keep your smile healthy and strong.