Caring for and maintaining your dental health is a priority during pregnancy for you and your baby. Follow these eight recommendations and you both will be smiling for life.
(PRWEB) December 10, 2012
Kate Middleton’s recent pregnancy announcement and subsequent hospitalization has spurred Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry to remind soon-to-be mothers of their changing dental care before, during and after pregnancy. The Duchess of Cambridge was diagnosed last week with hyperemesis gravidarum, severe morning sickness that often last throughout pregnancy, a condition that affects one out of every 50 expectant mothers. As hormones within the body change dramatically during pregnancy, keeping up with oral care is essential.
“A baby starts its teeth development as early as six weeks into the pregnancy,” says Dr. Steven D. Spitz, DMD and founder of Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry. “How a mother takes care of her overall health, including her dental health, can affect both her and her baby.”
Dr. Spitz has come up with eight important tips expecting mothers should know about oral care when they are pregnant:
1. Tell your dentist if you are pregnant. Dental treatments during the first trimester and second half of the third trimester should be avoided as much as possible. These are critical times in the baby's development and it's wise to avoid exposing the mother to procedures that could in any way influence the baby's growth.
2. Don't skip your dental checkup appointment because you are pregnant. Regular exams are very important because pregnancy causes hormonal changes that put you at increased risk for periodontal disease and for tender gums that bleed easily – a condition called pregnancy gingivitis.
3. Follow good oral hygiene practices to prevent and/or reduce oral health problems.
4. Ask your dentist or hygienist to recommend brands of bland flavored toothpaste. If nausea or vomiting is interfering with brushing your teeth, your dental office can offer you alternatives to help you care for your teeth and dental health.
5. Brush your teeth soon after vomiting. If you're unable to brush, rinsing with water, mouth rinse, or chewing sugar-free gum is a good alternative.
6. Avoid sugary snacks. Some studies have shown that the bacteria responsible for tooth decay are passed from the mother to the child.
7. Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Your baby's first teeth begin to develop about three months into pregnancy. Healthy diets containing dairy products, cheese, and yogurt are a good source of essential minerals and are good for baby's developing teeth, gums, and bones.
8. See your dentist soon after delivery to have your entire mouth examined. This is the time to take care of any issues that may have come up during your pregnancy.
“Caring for and maintaining your dental health is a priority during pregnancy for you and your baby. Follow these eight recommendations and you both will be smiling for life,” says Dr. Spitz.
See how Smileboston can improve your smile by calling 617-504-1028, or visit http://www.smileboston.com/
About Smileboston Cosmetic & Implant Dental
Smileboston Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry is a full service dental office providing general family dentistry with a focus on dental implants and aesthetics. Founded in 1997 by Dr. Spitz, a successful Prosthodontist, the practice has consistently been on the technological forefront of dental medicine adopting today’s most technological advances for patient care. Dr. Spitz's specialized treatment for planning and caring of patients has designated Smileboston as, "one of the most reputable places in Boston for cosmetic procedures," by Boston magazine.