Why We Love Our Mums: Oral Health and Pregnancy

While most mums-to-be will take enormous care of general health during pregnancy, oral care can often take a back seat. However, it is critical to look after your teeth and gums during pregnancy, and routine dental care is perfectly safe. We will make sure all treatments provided will not harm your baby.

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If you are planning on adding to your family or are already pregnant, come and see us straightaway and make sure we know you are pregnant. It is critical to ensure your teeth and gums are in great shape. Because gums are more sensitive to dental plaque, it increases the risk of pregnancy gingivitis, where your gums will bleed more frequently and could look red and swollen. We can help you with this condition by providing more frequent professional dental cleanings, and it is essential to make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily.

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness exposes your teeth to strong stomach acid that softens tooth enamel. Afterwards, rinse your mouth with water but wait at least half an hour before brushing your teeth. Lightly smearing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste can help protect them, or otherwise rinse with fluoride mouthwash.

Top Tips to Ensure Busy Mums Have Great Smiles

If you are a mum, then you probably put your needs after those of your family, but it is essential to care for yourself and particularly to look after your oral health. Because of hormonal changes that take place throughout life, women can be more vulnerable to developing oral health problems, including gum disease. Hormones can also affect the bones, causing bone thinning or osteoporosis in older women. Follow our easy tips to ensure your smile remains strong and healthy.

  • Drink more water. Keep some cooling in the fridge and make sure you always have a refillable bottle with you.
  • Carry a travel toothbrush with you and some dental floss. That way when you have a moment, you can freshen up wherever you are.
  • If you can’t brush, chew sugar-free gum, preferably containing xylitol which kills mouth bacteria.
  • Make smarter snack choices by choosing cheese or by keeping plenty of ready washed and sliced fruits and vegetables.
  • Don’t forget to floss every day as otherwise, you’ll be leaving a third of your tooth surfaces uncleaned. It only takes a couple of minutes to floss thoroughly but if you’d like some more tips just ask our friendly dental team.

Even Children Who Brush Regularly Can Still Get Cavities

We know that most parents are meticulous when it comes to caring for their children’s teeth which is why it can be extremely distressing if your child develops tooth decay. But, tooth decay in kids can be caused by different reasons other than poor dental care.

A study discovered that children’s teeth develop differently and that children who have tooth decay could have tooth enamel that is thinner and less dense. These teeth, called hypoplastic teeth are less resistant to tooth decay, and this could be due to diet during pregnancy. Apparently, our modern diet has less fat-soluble vitamins A, K2 and D, and E, and coenzyme Q 10. These vitamins are essential for healthy tooth development. Also, more women over age 20 are lacking in calcium which is essential for building healthy teeth and bones. Another problem is that many so-called healthy foods have hidden sugars, so it is worth reading food labels.

When we see a child with good oral hygiene but who has cavities, we can analyse their diet, and if needed can make suggestions on how to make it more tooth friendly. Also, professional topical applications of fluoride may be useful.