Unfortunately, there is still a common belief that visiting the dentist while pregnant can be harmful to you or your baby. A recent study by the Australian Dental Association showed that more than half of Australian women surveyed (53%) shared this mistaken belief.
During pregnancy it is even more important to keep your mouth healthy because when you are pregnant, you are at a higher risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems.
This can be a serious problem if it means you avoid seeing your dentist and are not getting the care you need.
Can I go to the dentist while pregnant?
Not only can you go to the dentist during pregnancy – you should! Leaving tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health problems untreated can be harmful. Your dental health has a big influence on your overall health, which means it can have a big impact on your baby too.
Your dentist will often recommend making several appointments during your pregnancy so they can check the condition of your teeth and gums, recommend adjustments to your oral care routine or carry out any treatments needed.
If you’re hoping to get pregnant soon, it’s a good idea to visit your dentist and make sure that your mouth is healthy. There is a link between uncontrolled dental disease and several problems, such as infertility, low birth weights and early deliveries, so make sure to keep up regular dental examinations to keeps things as simple as possible.
What can I do at home to keep my mouth healthy?
Lots of easy things!
Staying hydrated is important. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water. We prefer tap water over bottled water as it contains fluoride that rinses over your teeth and hardens them with every sip.
Rinse your mouth with water after starchy and sugary snacks and drinks. We understand that sometimes the only foods that pregnant ladies can keep down can be starchy foods like crackers and toast. These are easily digestible by plaque and are the ideal ingredient to create dental decay. To reduce risk of this, have a big rinse and drink of some water to ensure any remaining remnants are removed.
It is common for ladies to experience reflux and vomiting during their pregnancies.
If experience this, be sure to rinse your mouth with water, and wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth, as the acid from your stomach will soften your teeth enamel. Giving your saliva 30 minutes to harden your enamel before brushing will prevent you brushing off that microscopic soft upper layer.
Hormones during pregnancy can really exaggerate gum problems, so it’s more important than ever to keep up good oral hygiene, including flossing and brushing every day. Bleeding when brushing and flossing and tenderness in the gums are often signs of gum problems, so be sure to mention any areas of concern when you come in for your regular visits with us.