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The Importance of Maintaining Good Oral Health During Pregnancy

The Importance of Maintaining Good Oral Health During Pregnancy

Thinking about adding to your family or are you already in the early stages of pregnancy? Oral health is an important aspect of your overall health and can sometimes be overlooked during pregnancy.

In fact, 4 out of 10 women get more severe gum conditions during pregnancy.

Your dental health is not something you should let fall by the wayside during pregnancy, in fact, it is even more important at this precious time! Mothers with healthy mouths have less chance of developing conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and tooth loss.

It is important to visit the dentist regularly especially when you are thinking about pregnancy or are newly pregnant. Scientists have learned that the bacteria in your mouth can travel through the body and reach your unborn child. Research has even shown that mothers with cavities have a higher likelihood of having children with cavities.

Take heart, there are ways to avoid poor oral health. One simple solution is to make better nutrition choices; you can support improved health for you and your new addition.

Foods to Avoid To Maintain Good Oral Health

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • Starch

Consuming alcohol during pregnancy is an obvious risk to the fetus, but should also be limited before pregnancy to maintain good oral health. Too much caffeine, sugar, and starch in your diet can lead to increased risk of cavities. Sugars and starches are found in some of the most popular go-to snacks, so just make sure you are eating a balanced diet!

During the first trimester, establishing good oral hygiene and proper nutrition is paramount. Dentists suggest regular dental cleanings and exams but avoid x-rays. As pregnancy progresses dental visits are typically limited to emergency dental treatment until after the baby is born.

If you are currently expecting or plan to become pregnant soon, schedule an appointment with one of the dental experts at Stanley Dentistry to ensure the healthiest pregnancy possible. Contact us today!

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