December 11, 2020
How My Oral Health Affects My Baby
Did you know that maintaining your oral health during pregnancy can potentially impact your baby’s oral and overall health? We, at Jet Set Smiles, are all about getting our tiniest patients on the path to a lifetime of healthy smiles right off the start. We look forward to meeting your little one!
Pregnancy and Oral Health
Pregnancy impacts your oral health in many ways. From hormonal changes to morning sickness and food cravings, expectant moms are at a higher risk of developing dental disease.
Here are some ways pregnancy can impact your oral health:
Tooth Decay: Changes in behaviors during pregnancy can increase the risk of tooth decay. Pregnant women often find themselves craving sugary treats and may constantly graze or snack. We recommend rinsing with water after consuming a sweet treat, and better yet, opt for a healthy alternative such as raw vegetables, fresh fruits, nuts, or cheese.
Tooth Erosion: Many moms-to-be experience morning sickness. Constant vomiting exposes the teeth to stomach acids, often leading to tooth enamel erosion, sensitivity, and decay. Make sure never to brush your teeth right after vomiting because the acids may erode your teeth as you brush. Instead, rinse your mouth first with water or fluoride mouthwash.
Pregnancy Gingivitis: Hormonal changes during pregnancy often result in a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums characterized by swelling, bleeding, and tenderness. If you notice any of these symptoms, make sure to schedule a dental visit.
Dry Mouth: Pregnancy dry mouth, a common concern for many expectant moms, increases the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and infections. Make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your mouth moist and chew sugarless gum to enhance saliva production.
How Does Your Oral Health Impact Your Developing Baby?
Keeping your smile healthy can directly impact your developing baby’s oral and overall health. Studies show a link between gum disease and premature delivery and low birth weights, which puts infants at a higher risk of developing serious health problems. Moreover, cavity-causing bacteria can transfer from a mother’s mouth to her baby’s mouth, potentially leading to early childhood cavities and the potential need for extensive dental care at a very young age. Maintaining your oral health during pregnancy will get your child on track to a healthy smile right from the start!
How To Get Your Smile Pregnancy Ready
Before becoming pregnant, make sure to schedule a dental exam and cleaning to have any necessary preventive or restorative dental procedures completed. You should maintain your routine dental exams and cleanings as recommended by your dentist to keep your smile in tip-top shape.
It’s important to brush your teeth thoroughly using a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day to remove plaque and to floss between your teeth daily. Make sure you consume a nutritious, balanced diet to ensure that your baby’s teeth and bones have the essential nutrients required for proper development.
Quality Pediatric Dentistry in Phoenix, AZ
We at Jet Set Smiles Pediatric Dentistry would like to congratulate you on your upcoming bundle of joy. We look forward to meeting your baby and working with you to lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles. We are here for you and your little one every step of the way!