First of all, congratulations on this thrilling and hustling time of your life! Dealing with so many things at a time, don’t be negligent towards your oral health because all the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can make dental problems far worse. Not only do these problems affect the mouth but can eventually cause problems with delivery and the baby’s overall health, even after birth. Now that you are fully attentive (and a little scared), read on for some effective dental tips to follow during pregnancy:

EATING RIGHT FOR YOUR TEETH AND THE BABY

Sugar cravings are common during pregnancy, but be smart enough to avoid sweet snacks ,as sugar is the biggest contributor to bacterial build-up, leading to enamel erosion and tooth decay. Consume lots of dairy products, like cheese, yogurt and milk, to get sufficient calcium for the baby’s growing teeth and bones. Snack mostly on fruits and vegetables, especially on detergent foods like apples, celery sticks and carrots that naturally clean the teeth. Maintain a balanced diet, consisting of meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts and beans.

DON’T SKIP YOUR DENTAL APPOINTMENTS JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE PREGNANT

Now more than ever, regular gum (periodontal) exams are extremely important since hormonal changes can make the gums bleed. If the bleeding continues, it can eventually enter the bloodstream with the bacteria and can cause heart problems. Tell your dentist about the medication you are taking, including vitamins and any specific advice your doctor has given you. Ask if any changes should be made to your dental treatment plan.

COPING WITH MORNING SICKNESS

If you have a case of extreme morning sickness that prevents you from using flavored toothpaste, switch to a bland one, preferably recommended by your dentist. Make good use of a mouthwash or mix a spoonful of baking soda with water and drink up to stop your stomach’s acid from eroding your teeth. Follow a proper oral hygiene by brushing and flossing twice, everyday, and stay away from cavity-affected people as they can be contagious.

Follow these tips and you will get through pregnancy with your dental health intact.