Great parents look out for the best interests of their children. During pregnancy, the dental hygiene behaviors you practice can have a big impact on the health of your child — and we’re talking about more than their pearly whites. Please consider following these bits of advice from Dr. James Gunelson and the team at Stanley Hometown Dentistry LLC to strengthen your dental health during pregnancy: you and your child will both thrive from a healthy mouth!
Advice 1: Be watchful of eating foods relatively higher in sugar; they promote the onset of plaque and tooth corrosion.
Foods high in sugar, like soda, candy, and baked goods promote the accrual of plaque on chompers, subsequently leading to tooth decay, cavities and periodontal disease. Although cravings for these things will definitely come during pregnancy, fight off the urge to eat sugary foods. Your chompers, your baby’s chompers and the health of your baby will enhance if you do so.
Advice 2: Closely inspect the amount of plaque on your teeth.
Plaque, as you might understand, is a biofilm of both organic and inorganic materials left on your teeth. Because bacterial acids that can decay your teeth love feeding on plaque, it’s imperative to keep your pearly whites clean from plaque, which is exactly why we brush our pearly whites. Pregnant women should be particularly alert for plaque since they are at an increased risk for creating it. We may be able to suggest a special mouthwash for you if your plaque levels are high.
Advice 3: Regularly schedule visits with our practice so we can pay attention to your overall oral health.
And of course, no advice would be complete if we didn’t recommend that you come into our office for regular checkups. Our team has the training, instruments, and experience necessary to aid you in taking your dental health to the next level for the benefit of you and your baby.
We hope that this post has been enlightening and helpful to your recognition of some important tips for amazing oral health during pregnancy. If you’d like to set up an appointment with our Stanley Hometown Dentistry LLC Stanley, Wisconsin, office, please reach out at 715-644-3601 now.