TEETHING: Mums and mums-to-be are reminded to take care of their teeth during pregnancy.
TEETHING: Mums and mums-to-be are reminded to take care of their teeth during pregnancy. Contributed

Something pregnant women should keep front of mind

AS YOU already know, your lifestyle and habits during pregnancy can affect your health as well as the health of your unborn baby.

With all the things you need to be prepared for, your oral health may not exactly be at the front of your mind.

Maintaining the health of your teeth and gums is necessary to avoid the risk of developing pregnancy gingivitis and to establish good oral health in the long term. Pregnant women are at increased risk for periodontal disease because the increased levels of progesterone that come with pregnancy cause an exaggerated response to plaque bacteria.

As a result, pregnant women are more likely to develop gingivitis even if they follow a consistent oral health care routine.

Gingivitis is most common during months two to eight of pregnancy. Tell your dentist when you are pregnant, who will recommend more frequent dental cleans during the second trimester or early in the third trimester to help combat the effects of increased progesterone and help you avoid gingivitis.

In addition, eating a balanced diet during pregnancy will help promote dental health and overall health for you and your baby. A baby's teeth begin to develop between months three to six of pregnancy.

A myth persists that a pregnant woman will lose calcium from her teeth if she isn't getting enough calcium in her diet during pregnancy. In fact, any calcium loss due to inadequate dietary calcium intake will occur in the bones, not the teeth. But if you include plenty of calcium rich foods in your diet during pregnancy, your bones and teeth should be strong and healthy.

Visit your dentist regularly, so that there is an opportunity to intervene and get your dental health checked and if required steps taken to address the problem. Brushing and flossing regularly are the cornerstone of maintaining good oral health. Happy smiles dental surgeries have a team of dedicated dentists and specialists providing high level of dental care in the Clarence Valley. Contact us to for all your dental needs and to assist you to work together towards a happy and healthy life.

Happy Smiles welcomes Dr Monica Collins to the team and the Clarence Valley.



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