Regular patients here quickly realise there’s something odd about my workplace –
I’m surrounded by women. It’s only a statistical difference to the normal 50/50 population, but all the same, I’m the sole bloke.
That’s a good thing, obviously, but it also made me think that our patients are pretty well divided between male and female, young and old, rugby league vs AFL fans…You get the picture.
But patients I don’t see as much as I should are women who are pregnant, which is unfortunate because dental check-ups during pregnancy are important for both Mum’s and bub’s health.
3 Reasons You Should Have A Dental Check-up During Pregnancy
1. Prevent Problems While You Have Time
After your baby is born, spare time to look after yourself can often seem non-existent. If you find yourself with a dental problem, be it tooth sensitivity, pain, or plaque build-up, you might find it difficult to make space in your schedule to see a dentist. Making the time for a dental health screening will prevent problems down the track.
2. Hormonal Changes Due To Pregnancy Can Lead to Gum Disease
“Pregnancy Gingivitis” is a common condition that can occur because of hormonal changes arising during your pregnancy. These changes can make your gums more susceptible to plaque build-up which can lead to inflammation and bleeding. The good news – if you book in for a professional dental clean during the earlier stages of your pregnancy, you can reduce your chances of developing this uncomfortable gum disease.
3. Morning Sickness and Teeth Damage
Morning Sickness is just a fact of life for some women during pregnancy. All that acid is terrible for your teeth and can cause significant damage so a trip to the dentist (potentially in your second trimester once your sickness eases) is a good idea. Whilst you are experiencing Morning Sickness, here’s a handy tip from us to reduce teeth damage:
Don’t brush your teeth immediately after being sick! It’s best to wait an hour or so before grabbing your toothbrush so you don’t strip away your tooth enamel. The enamel is made soft by stomach acid and leaves your teeth more vulnerable to decay and sensitivity. While you’re waiting, try rinsing your mouth with water to remove the acids, chew sugar-free gum or try eating an acid-neutralising food such as milk or hard cheese.
One last thing before you go…
Unusual food cravings are a fact of life for many women during pregnancy. let’s say you might routinely wake up at midnight desperate for chocolate-covered pickles in ice cream, with a side order of chips and jalapeno peppers.
If you find your cravings taking a turn towards the sweet end of things, try to limit the sugary snacks and instead, choose healthier options such as fresh fruit with Natural or Greek yoghurt.
Want to know more about pregnancy and dental care? We’re here to help.