When you’re expecting, a trip to the dentist is probably the last thing on your mind. But any competent dentist in Joondalup will tell you that oral hygiene and dental health are every bit as important when expecting as it is any other time.
The main problem with pregnancy is the food cravings that you will inevitably feel. Between sugar cravings on one end of the spectrum and morning sickness on the other, it can be difficult to maintain a high standard of oral health. But it is worth the effort to do just that. Here are some tips on maintaining great dental health while pregnant.
Keep Following the Rules of Dental Hygiene
There is a hormone called relaxin that softens the bones when you are pregnant. That can make your teeth even more susceptible to attack from acids formed by eating too much sugar or drinking acidic juices without rinsing your mouth out.
So, remember the basic rules. Brush three times a day. Floss at least once a day. Avoid sugary drinks and juices with high acid content such as orange juice. Get regular checkups. But when you are pregnant, you may need to tweak a few of those rules a bit. Here is the biggest “life hack” that can make your life easier and help you maintain great dental health.
Brushing or Rinsing after Sweets or Acidic Foods and Beverages
We know that you are going to have food cravings. We know that sometimes you will be balanced on the edge of feeling sick and you will “know” exactly what you need to keep from feeling that way. Great.
Here’s what you do. If you want ice cream, we aren’t going to tell you not to eat it. If you want some orange juice in the morning to make you feel better, that’s fine, too. All you need to do is brush your teeth after eating anything that is bad for them. If you are in a situation where you can’t brush, then rinse your mouth thoroughly. It will remove the main causes of decay and erosion from the surface of your teeth.
We are promoting awareness of this and many issues tackled during the Dental Health Week, which was celebrated on 3-9 August. To learn more or for an appointment, call(08) 9404 9500 today. We offer compassionate family dental care for you deserve good dental health.