Importance of Oral Health during Pregnancy

Oral health is often the most neglected form of health during all stages of life. In order to develop completely, your baby needs all kinds of nutrients which are obtained through the mother’s diet. Calcium is very important for proper growth and development of the baby’s bones and teeth. Similarly, adequate amounts of vitamin D are also required to help in maximum calcium absorption during pregnancy. The expectant mother should not neglect the importance of brushing and flossing during the entire period to prevent bleeding and other oral complications. It should be noted here that oral problems such as swollen gums and cavities can have a negative effect on the digestive system and consequently the baby suffers. Some women develop mouth ulcers as a reaction to strong medicines. These problems should also be controlled through proper oral care. Regularly use a mouth wash or a toothpaste rich in fluoride to prevent and cure these ulcers. After consuming starchy foods, milk or sweets and before going to bed thoroughly brush your teeth. Eat more and more dairy products and other calcium-rich foods such as cheese, yoghurt, green vegetables, almonds and eggnog. Regular dental check ups are also important to prevent serious problems and complications during pregnancy.    It has been found through scientific studies that premature and abnormal births might be connected with some oral problems, particularly gum disease. It is advisable to start caring for your teeth even if you have no plans of becoming pregnant in the near future. Neglected oral care often has long-term effects on our overall health, including the health of the baby during pregnancy. Serious problems like gingivitis and periodontal disease may also occur during this period as a result of neglected oral hygiene. Drink lots of water to keep your mouth clean and rinsed at all times. It is not recommended to take strong medicines such as antibiotics during pregnancy. Although dental care is very important and should not be neglected, the health of your baby comes first and therefore you should not stress too much on any minor oral problems during this time. Your dentist should also be aware of your condition along with any important information regarding pregnancy-related complications you may have. This is to ensure that you receive proper treatment without having to take strong medicines or any other prescriptions that might not be necessary.       If you are planning on getting dental implants or wish to get your teeth whitened, then wait till the baby is born. Although cosmetic procedures are mostly harmless, it’s better to avoid taking in chemicals you have no knowledge of. It is also advisable to avoid nitrous oxide during pregnancy which is also known as laughing gas and is often used as an anesthetic in sedation dentistry.Proper oral care and hygiene is of utmost importance during pregnancy to avoid complications. Eating a well-balanced diet, avoiding foods that may cause oral problems, proper brushing and flossing and having your teeth checked on a regular basis are steps to ensure oral health during this time.    

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