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Pregnancy and Dental Care


Pregnancy and Dental Care - Morning Sickness Teething ChildPregnancy and Dental Care

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy during pregnancy has many benefits for you and your baby.

Did you know…
  • Morning sickness can leave stomach acids in your mouth that can damage the surfaces of your teeth and promote tooth decay
  • Changes in hormone levels during pregnancy can cause swollen gums that bleed during brushing and flossing, often known as “pregnancy gingivitis”
  • If you have gum disease or an infection you may be at risk of having a premature or low birth-weight baby
What can you do to help?
  • Brush your teeth and your gums with a soft toothbrush twice a day, using a pea size amount of fluoride toothpaste. Also, gently brush your tongue.
  • Gently floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and gums. If your gums bleed, keep on glossing.
  • Eat healthy nutritious food and avoid sweets
  • If you gag, use a small, child-size toothbrush and lean your head down and over the sink
  • Visiting the dentist for descaling every 6 months
  • Regular dental cleanings and check-ups are important before, during and after pregnancy
  • Be sure to tell your dentist that you are pregnant
  • You may want to postpone routine dental radiograph until after your baby is born
Morning Sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting can happen during pregnancy.  Causes of morning sickness include changes in hormone levels, tension, worry or fatigue.
  • Try eating unsalted crackers or dry toast before getting out of bed in the morning
  • Rinse your mouth with tap water, or a fluoride mouth rinse after vomiting, which will protect your teeth from damaging stomach acids
  • If vomiting persists, notify your doctor
After the Baby comes:

Teething

Teething is the natural process of teeth working their way Through the jaw bone and cutting through the gums.

Signs of teething
  • Change in appetite and sleep patterns
  • Urge to chew and bite
  • Irritability
  • Excessive drooling
Usual time for primary teeth to appear
  • Each child is different and may not follow the exact time chart
  • The first tooth normally comes in between 6 and 10 months
  • By age 2 ½ to 3 years, children usually have 20 baby teeth
  • At about 6 years of age a child starts to get their permanent (adult) teeth.
  • The 1st adult molar grows in behind the baby teeth.
What you can do to care for your teething child
  • Massage the irritated or swollen gums with a clean finger
  • Use a wet cloth chilled in the refrigerator to massage the gums
  • Offer a safe teething ring that has been chilled (not frozen)
  • Do not over use baby gum numbing gels. They contain a strong anaesthetic that is difficult to control, which may numb the entire mouth and the baby’s throat. This will suppress the gag reflex, interfering with baby’s swallowing and may result in choking.
Caution: If your child has a fever, funny nose or diarrhea, these are not typical signs of Teething.  Call your doctor.

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