Are you expecting a child here in Waterloo, ON? If so, congratulations on the new addition to your family! Having a child is both exhilarating and a challenge. Not only are you expected to develop healthier habits, but your obstetrician may have you on certain medications, or you may be experiencing the typical side effects of pregnancy (such as pains, cravings, or hormonal imbalance).
With so many things to keep track of, it’s not unusual for your dental health to get left behind. However, it really shouldn’t be, and at Dr. K. Ashraf, we have a few tips for our expectant mother patients who are in need of dental care.
Once it’s confirmed that you are pregnant, be sure to let us or your main dental provider know. This way, we can schedule you for more frequent cleanings and postpone any extensive dental work that needs to be done. Some dental insurance providers will even cover extra cleanings during your pregnancy, so contact your provider to see if you qualify.
One of the worst things that pregnant women go through is morning sickness. But all that sickness can also affect your already sensitive teeth. Use a flavorless toothpaste and frequently rinse your mouth so the stomach acids don’t erode your enamel. Some patients have found that a smaller toothbrush helps too.
This stage is when the cravings start to hit hard. But like with lots of favorite foods, there can be too much of a good thing. If you’re craving sugary foods, try to substitute them with healthier options. For example, if it’s strawberry pie you want, try a bowl of strawberries instead.
Due to hormonal imbalances and other factors of your pregnancy, there’s a higher risk of contracting Pregnancy Gingivitis (sensitive or inflamed gums), and Pregnancy Granuloma. The pregnancy granuloma appear as red or purple bumps in the mouth, and are harmless. During your check-ups, we’ll screen you for these as well, to keep an eye on them throughout your pregnancy.
The last six weeks of your pregnancy are especially crucial, so it’s advised that avoid all dental treatments until after your baby is born. In the meantime, keep up the good work at home – brushing, flossing, rinsing, and more. If you need any tips on how to better care for your teeth during this final stage, feel free to contact us or schedule a consultation with Dr. Ashraf.
After your baby is born, schedule an appointment with us or your dentist to check-up on your oral health. If you’re due for extensive dental treatment, they will be scheduled for this time or begin treatment after your baby is born. Also, keep in mind that x-rays, local anesthesia, and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) are safe to use if you breastfeed your baby. However, if you have mercury fillings, be sure to let us know and have them removed. It’s possible for the mercury to travel through to the breast milk.
At Dr. K. Ashraf, your dental care provider in Waterloo, ON, we treat each and every patient like family, including our pregnant patients. We have many dental care treatments, from dental implants to aesthetic dentistry, and we would be happy to treat you once it’s safe for you to do so after having your baby. Feel free to contact us for more tips and information, or schedule a consultation with Dr. Ashraf to schedule post-partum dental procedures.