Hi, it’s Lizzy here from Sure Dental at Wavell Heights in Brisbane.
One of our long term patients, Angela from Chermside, visited us at the practice yesterday. We were so happy to learn that she had just fallen pregnant with her first child and wanted to know if I had any oral health tips for her whilst she is pregnant.
And I thought this was such a great video topic idea. Maybe other newly expecting mums are wondering the same thing. So I made this short video to share with you the five oral health tips for pregnant women.
First of all, if you are suffering from morning sickness, make sure you don’t brush immediately after you are sick, wait at least 20 minutes to half an hour before brushing your teeth. The reason for this is your enamel is softer after the sickness due to the acid.
This is also a good rule to remember after snacking if you need to, to help prevent the nauseous feeling.
Of course, always limit snacking where you can, but pregnancy is probably one of the times where it’s hard to avoid, so making healthier choices is going to be important.
Thirdly, you may find changing to an electric toothbrush more comfortable because of its smaller head and less chance of setting any gag reflex you might have.
The fourth tip is, when you are pregnant, the increase of hormones in your body means you are more susceptible to gum disease, and you may see this when you are brushing your teeth, and there is blood in your excess toothpaste when you finish brushing. This is a good reminder to floss daily – you may find flossettes are more comfortable if you are still feeling nauseous.
So if you have just found out you are pregnant, congratulations! And I hope my short video has helped you. If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment for your second trimester, simply visit our website at www.suredental.com.au and fill out the enquiry form, send us a direct message through social media or better yet give us a call on 07 3256 9111, and we will help you organise your consultation.
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