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The Dental Service For The Pregnant Women

If you are pregnant, you may be smiling a bit more because of how happy you are. Taking care of your teeth, mouth and gums during your pregnancy is an essential step to ensure that your grin never switches to a frown. Studies conducted by the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine have shown that "those who received dental health care before or during their pregnancy had nearly 50 percent less risk of giving birth to preterm babies preterm or babies with low birth weight than those who neglected their own dental health care." Additional, a lack of dental care has also been linked to cases of stillborn babies.

 
One such incident affected a California woman. The woman had untreated gum disease and MSNBC.com has indicated that transference of the oral bacteria, Fusobacterium nucleatum, was passed from the 35 year old to her unborn fetus via her bloodstream. The incident was reviewed by the Obstetrics and Gynecology and the doctors involved in the cause of the death was linked to the type of oral bacteria found in the woman's mouth and her child's stomach and lungs.
 
Hormonal changes are associated with pregnancy and that can trigger off changes in your oral health. Other statistics claim that 75 percent of pregnant women experience bleeding from their gums. Those experiencing the common sign of gum disease need to be cautious as The Journal of Periodontology has reported on cases oral bacteria from an expectant mother can appear in the amniotic fluid of some pregnant women, especially those at high-risk for a premature delivery.
 
Good oral health and nutrition are important during pregnancy. Caring for your teeth during pregnancy is essential to ensure good health throughout pregnancy.
 
Dental care tips - brushing, cleaning and flossing are important aspects of dental hygiene, which need to be followed even during pregnancy. Avoid excessive consumption of sugary foods and drinks. Use toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid enamel damage. Pregnant women are advised to brush two times in a day with a fluoride toothbrush or dental curing light. This will decrease the risk of caries.
 
Do not brush your teeth after vomiting. When your teeth are covered with stomach acids, brushing vigorously with toothbrush may erode the enamel of the teeth.
 
Regular dental check-ups - if you are planning or have recently become pregnant, it is advised to consult your dentist and schedule a routine appointment so that you can achieve good oral health which will be easier to maintain during pregnancy. Professional cleaning is done to address the issue of gingivitis in pregnant women. Your dentist will provide you a comprehensive list of do's and don'ts.
 
Dental treatments - ideally, your dentist will not carry out any major dental treatment during the pregnancy period. However, in case of situations where dental treatment with dental instruments is essential, the procedures are usually carried out during the second trimester.
 
Diet - eating a well-balanced diet will also help in avoiding certain oral health problems during pregnancy. You should include foods rich in calcium and protein to ensure that good development of your baby's teeth. Increase your intake of eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, fatty fish and margarine in your diet. If you have cravings, substitute them with healthy snacks. After taking mid meal snacks, rinse your mouth thoroughly with plain tap water.