When you are pregnant, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of a baby on the way. Expecting mothers have a lot to think about, but you shouldn’t let your dental health and pregnancy interfere with each other. Keeping up with your daily dental hygiene routine is important because as hormone levels rise, so do the risk of oral health issues. Communicating with your doctor and dentist is key, but here are some tips from HomeTown Dental for maintaining good dental health during pregnancy.

Daily Routine

Having a routine of brushing twice a day and flossing is a great way to help you stay on track during this significant change in your life. Brush thoroughly with a toothpaste that has fluoride. This will help fight bacteria and keep your teeth healthy. Many soon-to-be mothers experience morning sickness. Although it is many peoples first thought to brush their teeth, this can actually be harmful to the enamel. The best thing you can do is wash out your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda and water, then go ahead and brush your teeth.

Visit Your Dentist

As soon as you know you are pregnant, you should tell your dentist at HomeTown Dental. For most women, regular visits are perfectly safe during their pregnancy. If you are considered a high-risk pregnancy or have any other health conditions, we may recommend that some treatments are postponed.  According to the American Pregnancy Association, the second trimester is the ideal time to have dental work performed, if necessary.

Can I Have Dental X-Rays?

Absolutely! When you see your HomeTown Dental dentist for a cleaning, it is not harmful to you or your baby to have dental x-rays. By having this done, it ensures that everything is going well and you are having a healthy pregnancy.

Everyone at HomeTown Dental knows that this is an exciting but demanding time in your life, and we want to take away some of the stress. Remember that taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health. If you have any other concerns or questions, contact your local HomeTown Dental today.

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