Pregnancy and Oral Health
Pregnancy is a beautiful time, but the symptoms? Not so much. With a million things to think about, it can be easy to forget about your oral health. You’re already glowing from pregnancy – shouldn’t your smile shine too?
Here’s how to keep a healthy mouth and body during common pregnancy symptoms:
Morning sickness is one of the most notorious pregnancy pains. Don’t be fooled by its nickname – morning sickness can occur at any time of the day.
Solution: Eat small meals or snacks every few hours. Bland, dry foods can do wonders for an upset belly. Frequent vomiting can result in sensitivity, bad breath, and brittle teeth. If you suffer from morning sickness, rinse your mouth with a fluoride containing mouthwash. Because of the strong stomach acids produced when you become sick, immediately brushing your teeth can actually increase tooth erosion.
Feeling fatigued? It’s not unusual to feel tired during your pregnancy. After all, you’re carrying an extra person inside of you! Who wouldn’t be exhausted?
Solution: Get outside and get moving! An afternoon stroll will boost your energy, mood, and smile. If you’re still feeling tired, balance activity with rest – try taking a short nap.
An increased appetite is common during the second trimester of pregnancy. Your ravenous appetite is due to your baby growing and requiring more nourishment. With an increased appetite, your cravings might make you long for chocolate..
Solution: Yes, you’re technically eating for two, and it’s important to give your baby the nutrients he or she needs. It’s o.k. to indulge occasionally, but try your best to stick to healthy meals and snacks. Go for protein, complex carbs and plenty of fruits and veggies. Oftentimes your body confuses dehydration for hunger. Drink plenty of water to curb excessive snack attacks, and remember to rinse or brush after snacking.
After your pregnancy symptoms are under control, make sure to ramp up your oral hygiene habits. Brush your teeth twice and floss once a day. And don’t forget to schedule a dentist appointment within the first trimester. Find out why good oral habits are important during pregnancy.
Here’s to a healthy smile, body, and baby!
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