Oral health during pregnancy: answers to your questions

oral health during pregnancy

Are you expecting a baby? The HELVIDENT team would like to congratulate you on this happy event! We'd like to take this opportunity to take a look at oral health during pregnancy. What changes in the mouth of pregnant women? Your oral hygiene affect your baby's? We answer all your questions in this article. 

Do I need to change my daily oral health habits during pregnancy?

Do you brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and clean your interdental spaces? It's the best way to maintain good oral health during pregnancy. On the other hand, if these gestures are not part of your oral care routine, now is the time to get started. Researchers have shown a link between poor oral hygiene in pregnant women and premature delivery. It can also contribute to gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia (also known as toxemia gravidarum) and intra-uterine growth restriction. Do not hesitate to consult a dental hygienist in Lausanne, Fribourg or Aigle to improve your habits. 

Why do my gums bleed during pregnancy?

Pregnancy brings many changes to a woman's body, including her mouth. Around 50 % of mothers-to-be suffer from gingivitis, a condition that affects the gums. On average, this occurs between the second and eighth months of pregnancy. In fact, hormones make these oral tissues more sensitive to irritation and therefore bleeding. It's essential to remove as much plaque as possible to avoid gingivitis. The good news is that this problem generally disappears after childbirth. 

I'm prone to morning sickness. What can I do about it?

This is one of the undesirable symptoms of pregnancy. Vomiting carries stomach acids into the mouth, where they attack tooth enamel. When this happens, we recommend rinsing your mouth several times with water. You can also use a mouthwash or a solution based on water and a teaspoon of baking soda. Wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. 

I gag when I brush my teeth...

During the first months of pregnancy, many smells and tastes can trigger gag reflexes. In some cases, this can also occur while brushing your teeth. Naturally, you'll need to remedy this quickly to continue cleaning your teeth effectively. Try to understand what's causing the gagging. If it's the taste of the toothpaste, just change it. Maybe it's the size of your toothpaste head. toothbrush is too large. Choose a more compact or round model. 

Can I see a dentist during my pregnancy?

Yes, of course! We recommend that you make an appointment with your dentist in Fribourg, Lausanne or Aigle during the second trimester of pregnancy. He/she will be able to check the health of your mouth and detect any gingivitis. Likewise, if you notice a change, or if it's been more than 6 months since your last visit, consult a dentist without delay. 

Are there any risks if I have a dental procedure while I'm pregnant?

Some procedures pose no danger to the mother-to-be or her fetus. This is particularly true of cavity treatment and dental crowns. Generally speaking, all operations designed to prevent infection should be carried out. On the other hand, cosmetic procedures such as bleaching should be avoided. In the event ofdental emergencyIf you have any questions, consult your dentist as soon as possible to find the best solution for you and your baby. 

Are X-rays dangerous during pregnancy?

You can have your teeth x-rayed during pregnancy. Tell your dentist or dental hygienist about your condition beforehand. He or she can protect your abdomen from radiation by wearing a special apron to minimize exposure. Your thyroid can also be protected by wearing a neck collar. 

Does my diet have an impact on the formation of my baby's teeth?

Fetal teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth months of pregnancy. The more nutrient-rich foods you eat, the more you'll help your baby to build his teeth properly. Fill up on vitamins A, C and D, as well as protein, phosphorus and calcium, of course. Drink plenty of fluoride-enriched water and take folic acid as a dietary supplement. 

To answer all your questions, the HELVIDENT team welcomes you to its dental center in Fribourg, Lausanne or Aigle. We're always up to date, thanks to the latest treatment methods and equipment. Our dentists, hygienists and specialists will be delighted to support you during your pregnancy.