Your child’s journey to a healthy smile begins before they are born. Dr. Tanya Vlacancich provides counseling on prenatal dental health to help you maintain good oral health during pregnancy and help you give your child a healthy start. To learn more about prenatal dental health in College Point and Whitestone, New York, and schedule an appointment with our dentist, call us today at 718-747-0020.
The oral health of an expecting mother is one of the most important determining factors of a baby’s dental health in the future. The American Dental Association® recommends that you continue your regular oral healthcare routine throughout your pregnancy, including receiving dental cleanings and exams. Visiting the dentist regularly and maintaining good oral health is as important as making and keeping appointments with an OB-GYN.
We recommend that you schedule a dental health checkup when you first learn about your pregnancy and schedule a second prenatal dental health checkup six months after that appointment. We also strongly recommend that you address all medical and dental concerns immediately, even if they are as simple as a toothache. Issues that may seem like minor annoyances could evolve into conditions that affect your entire body. Also remember that it is common for gums to swell during pregnancy, leading to gum disease. You can minimize your risk of developing gum disease by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly during your pregnancy.
Here are a few tips on maintaining good oral health during pregnancy:
- Brush your teeth at least twice each day. Use a fluoridated toothpaste and replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Do not share your toothbrush and use an alcohol-free mouthwash.
- Floss at least once each day.
- Practice healthy eating habits. Maintain a balanced and nutritious diet, and limit how much sugary and processed food you eat.
- Avoid snacking between meals.
- If you have morning sickness, you can swish with a baking soda and water mixture to prevent stomach acids from damaging your tooth enamel (1 teaspoon baking soda in 1 cup of warm water).
Depending on your individual needs, our dentist may recommend other actions to help you keep your mouth and smile healthy while pregnant.
We welcome you to contact our office today to learn more and set your next appointment.