Good oral care can help reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes
Did you know that periodontitis can be related to adverse pregnancy outcomes such as low fetal birth weight, premature birth and excessively high maternal blood pressure (preeclampsia)?
To maintain good oral health during pregnancy, it's important to floss daily, brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes using fluoride toothpaste and a soft toothbrush, and drink fluoridated water where available.
According to Dr. Patricia Silva, DDS at By The Lake Dental, our oral health is linked to our overall health and extra care should be taken during pregnancy. "In addition to regular oral health routines like brushing twice a day and flossing daily, it's very important to visit your dentist more often (every 3-4 months) for check-ups and oral hygiene."
Maintaining a healthy diet is essential for your overall health and your baby's health. Canada's food guide for a healthy eating pattern recommends eating enough protein, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, and phosphorus. It's also crucial to take a daily multivitamin containing folic acid and iron to support a healthy pregnancy.
Calcium is especially crucial for strong bones and teeth in both you and your baby. If you're not getting enough calcium in your diet, your body will take it from your bones and blood for your baby. Eating foods high in calcium, such as dairy products, and taking calcium supplements if needed can help avoid this issue.
It's essential to avoid consuming soft, sweet, and sticky snacks high in carbohydrates and sugar as they can lead to dental plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Smoking or using tobacco products, drinking alcohol, and using recreational drugs such as cannabis during pregnancy can have a negative impact on your oral and overall health, as well as the development of your baby's teeth.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause your gums to bleed, and you may develop pregnancy gingivitis, which can cause swelling, redness, and irritation of the gums. It's essential to brush your teeth regularly, clean your teeth gently at the gum line, floss and avoid X-rays unless necessary.
Overall, taking good care of your oral health during pregnancy is essential for a healthy pregnancy and baby. So, book your appointment at By The Lake Dental today!
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