3 Common Myths About Your Dental Health While Pregnant
Dr. Amanda Tavoularis (dentably.com)
Pregnancy can be a wonderful time as the excitement of growing your family sets in. You’re busy preparing to bring a new life into this world and while it can be a happy time, it can be a scary time too. Pregnancy does come with certain challenges and it can be overwhelming with people constantly giving you information and advice. How do you know what’s right and what’s wrong?
When it comes to dental care during pregnancy, there are a lot of myths and it can be hard to know what information you should believe. As a dentist who’s been practicing for more than 20 years, it’s been my goal to debunk some common myths and educate expecting mothers on how to have the best dental health.
Myth #1: You Should Avoid Dental Work During Your Pregnancy
Fact: One common myth that pregnant women often hear is that they should avoid dental work altogether. However, during your pregnancy it’s essential that you continue to visit the dentist for regular cleanings and exams to help prevent gum disease.
As for treatments and dental sedation, it is best to hold off on those until your second trimester. This is the most comfortable time for you and the safest for your baby’s development. If you’re worried about any adverse effects, you can postpone the procedure until after the birth of your baby. It’s also best to postpone any cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening until after your birth as well.
However, if you are facing a dental emergency, be sure to seek treatment from a dental professional right away. A dentist will be able to advise you on what treatment will be safe for you and your baby in this situation, and most importantly they should be able to stop any infection before it can spread and cause more harm.
Myth #2: Being Pregnant Doesn’t Affect Your Mouth
Fact: This is also a popular myth that is far from the truth. Your changing hormones during pregnancy do affect your oral health. In fact, pregnant women are at greater risk for certain dental issues such as gum disease and pregnancy tumors. These conditions can cause preterm births and low birth weights so it’s important to be aware of their causes and work to prevent them. However, both of these conditions are treatable, so be sure that you visit your dentist during your pregnancy.
You should also continue with an effective oral care routine at home to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and rinsing with mouthwash. A proper oral health care routine is essential to your dental health, and it’s important not to neglect your routine during pregnancy.
Myth #3: Morning Sickness is Harmless
Fact: Morning sickness is a common side effect of pregnancy. Many women, however, don’t think about how it can affect their dental health. Repeated vomiting can cause serious damage to your teeth because the exposure to stomach acid dissolves your tooth enamel, which weakens your teeth’s defense against decay. If your morning sickness causes you to vomit multiple times, rinse your mouth with baking soda and water before brushing your teeth. This will help to neutralize the acid in your mouth. Luckily, morning sickness usually goes away after your first trimester so this isn’t something that you will have to deal with throughout your entire pregnancy.
As you prepare to bring a new life into the world, it can be a very happy and exciting time for those involved. However, there are some challenges with pregnancy, and it can be difficult to know who and what to listen to. During this time, it’s most important to listen to yourself and your body. However, dental care during pregnancy can be confusing, and having a healthy mouth is important for the safety of you and your baby. Continue taking care of your oral health during this time as you prepare to welcome a little one into this world.
This article is written by Dr. Amanda Tavoularis from dentably.com.