Good oral hygiene is especially important for you now because pregnancy can make some dental disorders worse. The combination of hormonal and circulatory changes in your body, in addition to more frequent eating, usually result in the following:
Brushing and flossing
- Brush your teeth after every meal and snack
- Floss at least once every day
- Use a soft toothbrush and avoid vigorous scrubbing
- Use fluoride toothpaste
- Drink fluorinated water, if your water is not fluorinated, your provider may choose to prescribe a fluoride supplement.
- Eat a well balanced diet.
Professional dental care
- Continue regular dental visits during your pregnancy, letting your dentist and dental hygienist know that you are pregnant. Be sure to tell them about any health or medication changes that occur during your pregnancy.
- Ask your dentist or hygienist to show you how to brush and floss correctly.
- If visiting the dentist makes you more anxious during your pregnancy, discuss the situation with your dentist so special care can be taken to avoid stress.
- Schedule dental visits earlier in your pregnancy, when it may be more comfortable to sit for extended periods.
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