Dr. Philippe Athuil and his associates want to ensure you’re getting the right dental care not only for you but for your baby. Going to the dentist while pregnant is even more crucial to care for your teeth, with many effects from pregnancy affecting the teeth.
You are already consuming a large number of vitamins, minerals, and possible medications prescribed by your doctor that are beneficial for your baby and yourself. Did you know these also go towards strengthening your baby’s teeth as well as your own? Their teeth development starts in the first term. Although when they are first born you don’t see any, the teeth have developed under the gums.
With the constant change in your hormones, your gums tend to swell more during pregnancy. Food particles tend to get stuck in the crevices of your teeth, leading to possible infections, periodontal (gum) disease, or gingivitis. Keep up your schedule of brushing twice a day (soon after eating so food doesn’t linger), flossing at least once a day, and using mouth rinse (non-alcoholic).
Mouth rinse is a great option to use after morning sickness (vomiting). It is important to rinse out your mouth afterwards to wash away stomach acid that may linger on enamel. Do not brush as this tends to just spread the acid around on the outer layer of the tooth. Other options include rinsing with just water or a mix of water and 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
Keeping a regular checkup with your dentist will ensure a good look at your dental care. If you are looking towards an enhancement surgery or any other extensive treatment, it’s better to wait until after your baby is born. Inform your dentist of how far along you are in your pregnancy and if you are taking any medications.
Dr. Philippe Athuil and his dental professionals are ready to assist you and your baby for your dental needs here in Beverly Hills, California. Call 310-286-2241 to set up a consultation or appointment for your next dental visit here at Philippe Athuil, DDS. We look forward to hearing from you!