We know that a dentist is probably not high on your list of things to think about during pregnancy. However, we have helped many Joondalup area mothers-to-be maintain great dental health all the way through childbirth. It is important to take care of your teeth so an emergency dental visit doesn’t happen during your pregnancy.
When you first find out you are pregnant, call your dentist for a checkup. This will allow you to stay “up-to-date” throughout your pregnancy. Make sure your dentist knows you are pregnant. If you are suffering severe morning sickness, your dentist may ask you to wait until your second trimester, by which time morning sickness is usually gone.
The Enemy: Food Cravings
Food cravings are part of pregnancy. However, if your cravings are for sugary foods, it can wreak havoc on your teeth. If you can, try not to eat any sugary foods. If you must have such foods, try to choose fruits or yoghurts, which contain less sugar. If you can, make your sweets part of your meal and be sure to brush afterward.
If you are eating sugary snacks by themselves, drink milk or water to help rinse the sugar from your teeth.
Statistics indicate that four out of five expectant moms will suffer from morning sickness during their pregnancies. We know that brushing your teeth won’t be very high on your list of “things to do” when you are hugging porcelain, but both vomiting and reflux will expose your teeth to stomach acid.
To make sure stomach acid doesn’t damage your teeth, you should always rinse your mouth out with water after vomiting. It is important to wait an hour before brushing because stomach acid can soften the enamel on your teeth, allowing them to be damaged by brushing.