Prepare Your Oral Health for Your New Baby

How should you care for your teeth during pregnancy?

With National Children’s Dental Health Month coming up in February, we want to review some very important tips for expectant mothers. We cannot emphasize strongly enough the importance of maintaining your oral health before, during and after pregnancy. Remember, the quality of your health will also affect the health of your baby.

In addition to brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once daily, we recommend rinsing each night with an over-the-counter, fluoridated mouthwash. Watch for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Approval when you purchase your dental hygiene products because the ADA Seal indicates that the product adheres to the ADA’s standards for effectiveness and safety.

Naturally, Dr. Silberman encourages you to attend your regularly scheduled dental visits during your pregnancy. Please inform our office which stage of pregnancy you’re currently in when you call to schedule your appointment. And of course, if you have had any change in your medications — or if you’ve received any special instructions from your obstetrician or family physician — please notify our team members at the beginning of your appointment.

Expecting mother wondering how her oral care will help her child

Be aware that many women experience pregnancy gingivitis during their pregnancy. Gingivitis is a milder form of gum disease in its early stages. It usually causes the gums to appear red, swollen and sore. But Dr. Silberman wants you to know that you can prevent gingivitis by keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy.

Your baby’s teeth will begin to develop between the third and sixth months of your pregnancy. It’s important to consume a nutrient-rich diet because what you eat is what nourishes your little one. Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, protein, calcium and phosphorous are especially important nutrients during pregnancy.

Morning sickness can be a difficult time for expectant mothers. It’s also tough on your teeth! If you’re vomiting frequently due to morning sickness, Dr. Silberman recommends rinsing with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water. This handy mixture helps to stop stomach acid from attacking your pearly whites.

Please call Dr. Silberman if you have any more questions about your oral care, or any of our other dental services, during pregnancy or any other dental concern. The Silberman Dental Group in Waldorf, Maryland, Family Dentistry, at (301) 885-2505 offers no-cost consultations about any dental matter. Call our office today!