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Good oral health is essential for the overall health of both mother and baby. Hormonal and appetite changes during pregnancy can also have a significant effect on oral health. There are many oral conditions associated with pregnancy, therefore taking good care of your teeth and gums is very important. Regular brushing, flossing, maintaining a balanced diet and visiting the dentist will help prevent any dental problems that may occur throughout the duration of pregnancy.
It is advised to see your dentist before the pregnancy to in order to carry out any outstanding treatment required. In addition, routine dental treatment is best avoided in the first and third trimesters and any major procedures postponed until after the baby is born, unless of course there is an emergency. Advances in technology have made dental X-rays much safer and the use of lead aprons during x-rays can reduce the radiation to mother and baby. Nevertheless X-rays are usually avoided in the first trimester and only taken if absolutely necessary.
It is very important to maintain a healthy and balanced diet during pregnancy for the health of both baby and mother. Avoiding sugary cravings is important as they can eventually result in tooth decay. Try and maintain a healthy diet including nutrient-rich fruit and vegetables containing all the important vitamins and minerals for both baby and mother. Vitamin C is important to maintain healthy gums and an effective immune system for mother. Baby’s teeth start forming 6 weeks into pregnancy, vitamin D and calcium will help produce healthy teeth in addition to strong bones. Multivitamins are a very good source of some of the key vitamins and minerals and can complement a balanced diet, you can ask your midwife for further advice on this.
Good oral health care is vital throughout the duration of pregnancy for a variety of reasons. It is therefore recommended that a full dental check-up is carried out prior to becoming pregnant in order to complete any outstanding dental treatment as required. Although carrying out dental treatment is possible during pregnancy, it is best avoided, especially in the first and third trimesters.
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