Pregnant: Dental Care is Very Important

During pregnancy, dental care should also be taken care of. This is because the teeth and gums will often have problems such as swelling and bleeding. If the teeth originally have problems, it is best to correct them before pregnancy, and during pregnancy you must thoroughly maintain and manage the teeth. Dental care will have lasting influence even after childbirth.

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Cause of Oral Disease

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During pregnancy, the hormones secretion will increase which will cause the veins in the gums to constrict and the buildup of tartar or food is easy to cause infection. Not only this, but the acid level in the mouth will increase and therefore increase the rate of dental cavities. As we all know, morning sickness is one of the signs of pregnancy. Neglecting the brushing of teeth due to morning sickness can also increase the medical problems of the gums, as a result, it isn’t tooth decay or gum disorder which affects fetus’ nutrition, it is the cleanliness of the mouth which is of primary concern.

Completing Treatment before Pregnancy

Before pregnancy, all the tartar must be thoroughly cleaned. If there are any pre-existing dental conditions, they must be treated first. If any treatment is taken during pregnancy, using anesthetic or pain killers will have a harmful effect on the fetus. The early stages of pregnancy are plagued by nausea and more sensitive people will feel particularly stressed. During the latter stages of pregnancy, when the belly is big, receiving treatment is a great deal as it will cause the worsening of the above symptoms.

If you absolutely must seek treatment, it should only be done between 4 to 7 months pregnancy. After eating, use dental floss to clean away dirt from around the teeth and rinse the mouth, oral cleanliness must be maintained! It is troublesome to brush teeth during periods of morning sickness, but at least ensure the mouth has been rinsed. Because of vomiting during morning sickness, the mouth will feel uncomfortable and by cleaning the teeth, it will improve hygiene and improve the mother’s mood.

Correct Brushing of Teeth

When choosing a toothbrush, it is best to choose one will a small head. The length of the head should be approximately the same as the total width of your two front most teeth, and it is ideal the brush is as soft as possible. If the brush is too big, it will result in many small areas failing to be cleaned. The teeth and the place where the teeth and gums meet must be cleaned. Push the brush firmly onto the teeth and brush up and down on the front, back and top wall of the teeth. Only use a little toothpaste, but it is not suitable to use salt to brush teeth. It is best to brush slowly and for a longer period of time. Throw away the toothbrush when the bristles become bent and lose their firmness.

Consult a Dentist with Cold Sensitive Teeth and Bleeding Gums

A doctor must be consulted immediately if you’re experiencing cold-sensitive teeth or bleeding gums. This normally occurs if there is an infection of the gums or dental cavities developed during pregnancy. The situation will get worse and gums will easily swell. Infected gums are not too easy to identify just by looking at their appearance. Therefore, if you notice something unusual, it is best to go to a hospital for a checkup right away. Changing toothpaste or taking some medicine will not help.

Furthermore, supplementary vitamin C can strengthen the gum mucus and will help relieve regular gum bleeding.

Q&A Dental Health Care

Q. If, after treatment, tooth ache has disappeared; do I need to go back to the hospital?

A. Pain is a sure sign to go for a consultation. If treatment is delayed, teeth may become infected and this will spread to the root of the teeth and will eventually need to be removed. Serious infection or fever is largely due to unnecessary patience in seeking consultation and can make the condition worse. It must be left to a dentist to decide how to treat the condition.

Q. Is more expensive toothpaste better quality?

A. Toothpaste isn’t a medicine so effectiveness doesn’t co-relate with the price. It doesn’t matter which brand you use, but people with lots of white coating on the teeth and tongue should use thickly granulated toothpaste. People whose teeth are sensitive to cold should use thinly granulated toothpaste.

Q. After tartar removal, will teeth be more sensitive to cold?

A. Tartar removal should use ultrasound or dental equipment to eliminate, not to change for false teeth. Cleaning plaque is the same as polishing the teeth. After long periods of tartar removal, the tooth root may be exposed which will cause sudden sensitivity, but will in no way harm the teeth.

Q. After tartar removal, will the gap between teeth increase?

A. Tartar removal requires medical treatment. After removal, the place where the tartar was attached to the teeth will be empty. And because tartar causes the gums to swell, after removal, the gums will return to normal and thus will feel like there are gaps in the mouth, but not everyone experiences this. It will only happen when an excessive amount of tartar has been removed. If tartar is regularly removed, there will not be much change during the interim between treatments.

Q. Can medicine fix dental cavities?

A. There is always a reason for the appearance of dental cavities. The appearance of a white covering on the tongue or teeth and tartar on the teeth causes abnormalities and causes gum disease. Therefore, it appears that taking medicine would cure these conditions, but in fact it will not. Dental cavities are different to other conditions, so it is not a simple case of taking medicine. Surgery is necessary to deal with the problem.

Q. Will mouthwash eliminate breath odor?

A. There are many reasons for bad odor. Mouthwash can temporarily reduce the odor. But when the effect has worn off, the bad breath will come back.

Q. Will chewing gum harm the teeth?

A. If you only chew for a short time while there is sugar and then spit it out after the flavor has gone, this is clearly bad for the teeth. It is the dentists’ medical opinion that if chewed for over 10 minutes then it will be beneficial for the teeth. By continuing to chew, it will clean all the waste food and plaque from the teeth and the chewing action will strengthen the gum and chin muscle. But if chewed continuously for a whole day, then it will harm the muscle of the chin.

Q. Are there really people with a natural disposition for bad teeth?

A. There is a saying “yellow teeth are strong teeth”, but there is no measurable way to differentiate between which teeth are strong and which are weak. So there is no connection between the quality of the teeth and their color.

Q. Is it best to brush after breakfast, lunch and dinner?

A. Cleaning teeth is to clear away all food matter that has attached to the teeth whilst eating. Therefore, we must brush after eating and, if unable to clean teeth, then develop the habit of rinsing the mouth. It is not necessary to brush teeth if you only drank water or ate light food like fruit.

Q.Is the tradition of using fingers rather than a brush good for teeth?

A. The correct way to clean teeth is to gently brush. The traditional method of using fingers to clean teeth is for children or disabled people who are unable to hold a toothbrush.

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Walking is Good for a Pregnant Woman

First of all, walking will strengthen the abdominal muscles required for giving birth and is also good for maintaining strength. It will reduce and prevent back ache and abdominal pains. During the first and last stages of pregnancy, it is recommended to take two 10 minute walks per day. The best time to take these walks is between 10 am and 2 pm because this is when the mother and child’s condition is at its best. If there is throbbing abdominal pain, then stop walking immediately.

Regular Baths Improve Metabolism

After exercise, have a bath and your physical and emotional condition will be eased. Also, bathing can gently burn calories and enliven the metabolic system thus helping to create a shapely figure. It is best to soak the whole body in warm water. If unable to, just soak part of the body.

Avoid Refined Foods or Leftovers

It is best to avoid high calorie foods and foods that contain a lot of animal fat such as cakes, biscuits, fried chicken and hamburgers. When the abdomen increases in size, movement becomes less convenient so there will be more opportunity to eat take away or fast foods, but you must be careful as those foods are high in calorie content. Beware taking high salt and fat content during pregnancy.

Regularly Measure Weight during Pregnancy

If the weight does not increase smoothly and steadily during pregnancy, there is higher risk of premature birth and underweight babies. If weight is gained too quickly, it can result in overweight babies or the need for a caesarian section during birth. So a regular weight check and regular exercise is good for both mother and child.

Be sure to also consider dental care during pregnancy or as much as possible before conception.

Sandra Henderson
 

Editor-in-chief at Babiology and a proud mother of four passionate about sharing pregnancy and baby growth knowledges

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