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We have been asked a lot of questions about pregnancy and how it effects the mother's oral health. Firstly, all pregnant women should seek oral health care, practice good oral hygiene, eat healthy foods and attend prenatal classes during pregnancy!
Concerns for calcium and tooth loss are simply not true, but a myth from the old wives tales....Yes, there are alternations in the microflora and microvascular casued by the high levels of progesterons, but with good oral hygiene and regular dental hygiene recare, optimal health care can be maintained. Even the use of radiographs, pain medications and local anesthesia is safe throughout pregnancy.
Watch for signs of inflammation and bleeding gums, specially pregnancy granulomas usually found on the buccal surface between the central and /or lateral insicors.
Good Oral Hygiene Tips:
Brush your teeth with a fluoridated tooth paste twice a day.
Replace your tooth brush every 3 or 4 months, or more often if bristles are frayed.
Do not share your tooth brush.
Clean between your teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner.
Rinse every night with an over the counter fluoridated, alcohol free mouth rinse.
After eating, chew xylitol containing gum or mints, which help reduce bacteria that can cause tooth decay.