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Pregnancy and Teeth- Your Guide to Oral Health

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How To Take Care of Your Teeth During Pregnancy

As a dental hygienist, I am often asked several questions about teeth during pregnancy.  Some questions I’m often asked are:

How can I take care of my teeth while pregnant?

Does pregnancy take calcium from your teeth?

Can I take x-rays while pregnant?

Should I avoid the dentist while pregnant?

Can pregnancy mess up your teeth?

In this article I will answer many common questions asked about pregnancy and teeth, dental visits and oral health issues while pregnant.

Before Pregnancy

If you know you are trying to get pregnant, go ahead and visit your dentist!  Make sure you have a healthy mouth to avoid future dental problems while pregnant.

Pregnancy can often make you sick. You may not exactly feel like going to the dentist while pregnant. If you go ahead and take care of any dental issues before they start, then you should just be able to continue your bi yearly check ups and routine dental cleanings.

First Trimester and Teeth

When you are pregnant, your hormones are extremely high. High hormone levels can often make your teeth and gums extra sensitive. Make sure to continue seeing your dentist. This will help maintain your teeth while pregnant. You should visit your dentist every 6 months and get a routine dental cleaning and exam.

Tell your dentist you are pregnant. As long as you are cleared by your doctor, necessary x-rays should be safe while pregnant. Make sure they use a lead apron to protect you and the baby.

Pregnancy Gingivitis:

Bleeding gums while pregnant? The extra hormones in your body can likely cause puffy gums and sensitivity.  This is called pregnancy gingivitis. Pregnancy gingivitis is gingivitis that can happen during pregnancy.

Make sure to continue brushing at least 2x daily. Every morning, every night. Floss daily. Flossing can help prevent cavities in between teeth and gum disease. Maintaining good oral habits can help reduce inflammation and gum irritation. Pregnancy gingivitis will go away with proper oral hygiene.

Vomiting and Teeth During Pregnancy

Since pregnant women often vomit, you may want to use a toothbrush with a smaller size head on it.  If you are vomiting often, your dentist may recommend a prescription fluoride rinse or toothpaste.  You may want to use a mild toothpaste flavor to help prevent getting sick. Strong flavors can initiate  gagging/vomiting.

If you do vomit, don’t brush right after. The acid in your mouth is very high and you do not want to brush acid onto the teeth. Rinse with water very well to reduce the pH in the mouth. Then brush after a few minutes with a fluoridated toothpaste.

Use a fluoridated toothpaste to ensure you are keeping your teeth strong and healthy.

Toothache in Pregnancy

If you have a toothache in pregnancy then you should consult with your dentist as soon as possible to avoid complications.

DIET while pregnant

Try and avoid sugary drinks and snacks while pregnant. This is not only good for you and the babies health, but also great for your oral health.

Teeth Whitening While Pregnant

There is no evidence that suggest teeth whitening could cause harm to your baby. However, teeth whitening is not tested on pregnant or nursing women. Since it has not been tested, it is not recommended.

You could use a toothbrush that has charcoal infused bristles to help  naturally whiten teeth. The BURST sonic toothbrush has can help safely remove and prevent stains without being harmful or abrasive.

Last trimester

Avoid dental treatment during the last 6 weeks of pregnancy if possible.

Flossing while pregnant

I highly recommend a water flosser while pregnant. A waterkpik  can provide extra oral care by flushing water in between teeth and gums to help irrigate plaque and bacteria.

I love waterpiks even when not pregnant! They are great for the entire family. While I personally don’t think they completely replace flossing, it certainly helps!

What toothbrush to use while pregnant?

Make sure to use a soft toothbrush so your bristles don’t damage your gums and teeth.  Never use a medium or hard toothbrush as they are too abrasive for gums and teeth.

I personally recommend the BURST toothbrush!  ( since I am a BURST Ambassador, you can click this link and get $30 off, only $39.99!) . BURST is my absolute  favorite sonic toothbrush. BURST has the softest bristles and a small compact head which is great while pregnant.

The BURST bristles are multi leveled and each bristle is individually tapered which help clean teeth better! The bristles are also infused with charcoal which can help remove stain and whiten teeth. This is great while pregnant since you should not use actual bleaching products to whiten you teeth. They also send you the replacement heads to your door every 3 months for only $6! Incredibly affordable!

Pregnancy can make you quite forgetful so having the heads automatically delivered to your house is a real treat! No having to remember to change your head every 3 months and no more having to remember to get a new head at the store! So convenient!

You can check out my full review of the BURST toothbrush here> BURST Toothbrush Review

Postpartum dental appointment

Be sure to go ahead and schedule your next routine cleaning and exam appointment after the baby is born. Often mothers get so busy with taking care of the baby the neglect themselves. Your health is important too! So stay up to date with all your dental visits!

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Kelly is a registered dental hygienist and oral health care provider. She is passionate about oral hygiene and encourages people to achieve optimal oral health. She has been working in the dental profession for 16 years and worked in many different roles in the dental industry. Kelly is currently a pediatric dental hygienist specializing in children’s dentistry. She is committed to helping others with their oral health care issues and helping others achieve a smile they love.

This article and all advice on this website, Toothbrush Life, is intended to help people gain knowledge about general oral health topics. No articles or advice on this website are intended to replace professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or qualified healthcare provider to help you with any questions you have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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