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Teeth and pregnancy

Teeth and pregnancy

During pregnancy, eating habits often change.

Meals are more frequent and more sugary foods are eaten. This makes some pregnant women easier to develop holes in their teeth. Many pregnant women will also discover that the gums are inflamed and bleed more easily. This may be due to hormonal changes. To avoid problems with teeth and gums during pregnancy, it is important to have a reasonable diet and good cleaning.

How to care for your teeth during pregnancy:

  • Eat regularly and avoid snacking between meals. Intermediate meals should possibly consist of fruit or vegetables instead of sweets.
  • Brush your teeth thoroughly with toothpaste morning and evening. A worn toothbrush is not very effective. Therefore, replace the brush approx. every 3 months or when the bristles drip.
  • To prevent bleeding from the gums, clean your teeth at least once a day. If the teeth are close, dental floss will be an effective aid. To remove any remain food between the molars, it is advantageous to use a floss holder.
  • Extra use of fluoride will help strengthen the teeth and prevent holes. This can be found in the form of rinsing liquid and can be used daily.

Nausea and vomiting:

Some pregnant women are afflicted with nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. The stomach acid is very acidic and can damage the tooth enamel. Immediately after vomiting, you should therefore rinse your mouth with water or flush with fluids. To avoid damaging your teeth, you should wait an hour before you use the toothbrush.

Pregnancy and dental treatment:

Radiographs:

X-rays taken with today’s digital technique require very low radiation doses and are therefore not harmful to the fetus. However, it is common to use a lead apron when taking X-rays. You decide whether or not to take X-rays.

General anesthesia:

Anesthesia used in dental treatment is not harmful to the fetus and can also be used by nursing.

Dental treatment:

  • Regular dental treatment can generally be performed as normal during pregnancy. If possible, add the necessary dental treatment to the 2nd trimester.
  • Acute treatment and pain relief can be performed as needed throughout pregnancy.

Also, contact your dentist or dental hygienist if you have any questions about dental health during pregnancy. They can provide good and correct information about teeth and pregnancy. If you are thinking about receiving a dental treatment abroad do not hesitate to contact us: info@dentalclinicinbudapest.com