About Oral Care - Pregnancy
How to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene During Pregnancy
Pregnant women tend to be more at risk of gum disease. In addition, emerging science has demonstrated that oral health and the overall health of an unborn child are linked. Studies show that premature birth as well as low birth weight may be directly connected to gum disease. In addition, studies suggest that labor-triggering chemicals may be directly activated by gum infections, resulting in premature births.
Pregnancy Can Cause Gum Disease
Between 60% and 70% of all pregnant women experience a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. It is caused by an increase in hormone levels, which can exaggerate a woman’s response to dental plaque in the mouth. This extra plaque may cause swelling, bleeding, redness or tenderness in the gums and my lead to tooth decay while also contributing to bad breath. Changes in the gums are most noticeable from the second to the eighth month of pregnancy.
Dentiva May Help to Maintain Healthy Teeth and Gums
While not a cure for pregnancy gingivitis, Dentiva may help to maintain healthy teeth and gums during pregnancy. Dentiva has been shown to help control bacteria growth, balance the oral pH at a neutral level and give a fresh breath.
How to Manage Good Oral Care During Pregnancy
To avoid pregnancy gingivitis, be extra vigilant about your oral care.
- Brush thoroughly at least twice a day
- Spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth
- Use anti-plaque toothpaste to help protect your teeth from decay and gingivitis
- Rinse thoroughly after brushing to get rid of bacteria in hard-to-reach places
- Remember to floss daily to help avoid the build-up of bacteria
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Avoid sugary snacks
Visit your dentist and dental hygienists for regular check-ups and professional cleanings and ask them about additional step you can take to keep your teeth and gums healthy.