If you have recently become pregnant, we offer our congratulations! Pregnancy is very exciting, but it’s also important to remember that this period of your life and affect your oral health. We can help you maintain a healthy smile by offering some tips on how to care for your teeth and gums during pregnancy:
– Practice excellent oral hygiene habits. You can protect the health of your teeth by brushing morning and night, flossing every day and rinsing with mouthwash. These habits can greatly lower your risk of tooth decay, gum disease and other health risks.
– Eat healthy foods. Your diet directly impacts your teeth and gums, and healthy food can keep them strong. A good diet consists of lots of fruits and vegetables and very little snacking. If you need to snack often to ward off nausea, we recommend that you speak with Dr. Spyridon Condos about alternative oral health habits.
– Schedule regular dental checkups. By visiting our office every six months, you can avoid the development of gum disease that pregnant women are at an increased risk for. This is because pregnancy introduces more oral bacteria to your mouth and causes a buildup of plaque and tartar. Our team cleans away these harmful substances from the teeth and gums to help you maintain your oral health.
– Reduce the level of oral acid in your mouth. The occurrence of morning sickness can put your teeth at risk because they can be weakened by the stomach acid coating your mouth. This acid can erode tooth enamel and lead to tooth sensitivity and decay. To reduce the potency of the acid, rinse your mouth out with a mixture of water and baking soda.
To learn more about the effects of pregnancy on your oral health in New York, New York, we invite you to call Condos, Spyridon J DDS at 212.799.6900 today and schedule a checkup with our dentist!