Stepping Up Dental Care during Pregnancy
You probably already know that your oral health and hygiene can have a direct impact on your overall health and well-being. If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, you probably also know that everything you do concerning your lifestyle and any habits will also affect your unborn baby. While poor oral health can have a negative impact on your health, it can also affect the health and development of your fetus. That is why it is especially important to stay on top of your dental hygiene during this time.
During the first trimester, you may want to stick to basic dental examinations and cleanings. However, don’t avoid treatment for any possible infections, which can adversely impact your baby. Be sure to tell your dental provider that you’re expecting.
Morning sickness can affect your oral health. Acids from your stomach may cling to your teeth, potentially leading to an increased risk of decay. Be sure to keep your teeth and gums clean with regular dental care habits.
If you notice that your tastes are changing or that you have a bad taste in your mouth, after brushing you may wish to gargle with one-fourth teaspoon of baking soda mixed in with a cup of water. This will help to neutralize acids and regulate a healthy pH balance. Plastic silverware can be used to reduce any metallic taste. If you experience increased saliva, it can help to such on hard candy or mints.
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