A lot of pregnant women skip dental visits thinking that dental treatments during pregnancy can harm their babies .The American Dental Association, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics all encourage women to get dental care while pregnant. In fact, studies show that the bacteria from gum diseases can actually get into the bloodstream and target the fetus, potentially leading to premature labor and low-birth-weight babies.Pregnancy offers an opportunity to educate pregnant women regarding oral health by providing a “teachable moment” in self-care and future child-care.In fact most of the pregnant women due to hormonal changes,swelling of gum take place which leads to bleeding from gum and bad breath.
- Know your facts and Risk – Good oral health can reduce your risk of having a premature baby.
- Oral hygiene – Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Floss daily to keep your gums healthy. Remember, if you have good oral health habits, your child will too!
- Diet – What you eat affects your baby’s health. Snack on healthy foods like cheese sticks, fruits, vegetables and nuts. Drink lots of water and low-fat milk. Eat high calcium food instead of acidic food, juices and sodas. Avoid drinks and any food loaded with sugar as they might lead to caries and affect your baby’s health. Chewing sugarless or xylitol-containing gum can help minimize your caries risk.
- Professional oral care – Get a dental check-up, it is completely safe to have most dental treatments while you are pregnant. Do not put off your dental visit until after you’ve had the baby.It is recommended to have scaling /cleaning of teeth during pregnancy to avoid gum problem.
- Book your baby’s first dental appointment as soon as you see his/her first teeth erupt – We offer children a dental home where they can have a long-term friendly relationship with their dentist.
Dr. Adil Nadim Faridi
Aster Hospital, Mankhool