Friday, October 18, 2013

How to Have Healthy Smiles for Expectant Moms

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Healthy smile is important, and specially during pregnancy.  However, the principles on how to prevent oral disease stay the same, whether you are pregnant or not.  Many changes take place during pregnancy, and the health of the mouth is no exception with some adverse affects.  There are many myths that exist during pregnancy as far as dental care is concerned.  Concerns include taking x-rays, affects of ultrasonic cleanings or even what to do with a toothache. This blog will help separate fact from myth.

Studies report poor oral health increases the risk of problem pregnancy including miscarriage. However, since 80% of spontaneous miscarriages occur during the first trimester, it is advisable to avoid any non-urgent treatment until the second or third trimester. By the second trimester, the major layers of the internal organs of the baby have developed, thereby reducing the risk of exposure to any harmful or necessary medications.

During the second trimester, it's also easier for mother to recline in the dental treatment chair for extended periods of time.  However, it may be helpful to get short breaks if you do have to be in the dental chair for quit awhile.

X-rays and Pregnancy
With modern digital radiology, exposure to radiation is extremely low.  You and your unborn child are generally at a higher risk from gum disease or tooth infection, than you are with radiation exposure.  Other ways you are exposed to radiation include the sun, microwaves and your cell phones.

Gum Disease and Problem Pregnancy Connection
Evidence from recent studies shows a connection between gum disease and low birthweight babies and premature delivery.  In order to avoid transmission of oral bacteria from mother to children and to prevent problem pregnancies, it's important to see a dentist before and during pregnancy.

Often during pregnancy, due to hormonal changes, the gums become easily inflamed and appear to be swollen.  The cleaner you keep the teeth and gums, the less likely that this condition will occur or get worse.  Self-help with daily oral hygiene and 3 month visits to your dentist can help prevent "pregnancy gingivitis".

Healthy Mom = Healthy Baby
Now that we know an unhealthy mouth can affect the health of your unborn, it's important to take a few steps to help prevent problem pregnancy:
  • Practice proper oral hygiene on a daily bases.
  • Get a dental check up before you become pregnant, or as soon as you find out.  
  • Visit cleure.com and learn how Dr. Stay recommends you keep a healthy smile.
How to Brush:
  1. Use Cleure Mouthwash and swish it around your mouth.
  2. Floss 
  3. Rinse your toothbrush and dab a small amount of your favorite Cleure toothpaste on it.
  4. Brush every side of every teeth in a circular motion.
  5. Brush your gums gently.
  6. Rinse
  7. Keep your toothbrush in dry place.
  8. Change your toothbrush after a cold, or if it looks worn.
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