Proper oral care is very important during your pregnancy. The latest research shows that, pregnant women that also have gum disease are at a higher risk of having preterm birth which conicides with lower than normal birth weight. Preterm births put the new born at risk for developing other serious health concerns. Soon to be mothers need to start making their oral health a higher priority. In 2008 new guidelines were created to help educate pregnant women on proper oral hygiene, below we share those guidelines.
Oral Hygiene – Expectant mothers need to have proper oral hygiene. This includes proper brushing and flossing after every meal. Oral hygiene prevents cavities and gum disease. Ensuring a healthy pregnancy requires taking proper care of your teeth as well as the rest of your body.
Fluoride – The ADA encourages expectant mothers increase their use of fluoride to include the addition of over the counter fluoride rinse (alcohol free) as well as using enriched fluoride toothpaste.
Nutrition – All expectant mothers know they need to have a proper healthy diet. What they may not realize is that by avoiding sugar intake they can reduce their risk of dental decay from plaque buildup. Learn more about them at dental health tips for pregnant women .
Remove Tooth Decay – If a pregnant women currently has dental decay it must be removed. Dental procedures are perfectly safe for the mother and the unborn baby. Removing the decay will lower the babies risk of low birth weight.
Bacteria- Bacterial transmission from sharing food, utensils and drinks can lead to decay and should be avoided by expectant mothers.
Xylitol-Research shows chewing xylitol enriched gum during pregnancy will lower your risk of tooth decay. While pregnancy is a stressful and exhausting period you need to make sure you continue to take proper care of your teeth for the good of the baby’s health.