What You Can Do if You Crave Sweets When You’re Pregnant…without harming your teeth

Not every woman craves ice cream and pickles, turnips and cupcakes, or other weird and unusual food combinations when they’re pregnant.

 

However, many women do confess to noticing an increased desire for snacks higher in sugar. If you’ve been diagnosed with having gestational diabetes, this adds to the craving.

 

Choose healthy snacks when pregnant
Choose healthy snacks when pregnant

Stop! Before, you reach for a bag of chocolate chip cookies, or a box of Twinkies, try grabbing some fresh fruit instead. Fresh fruit has natural sugar in the juices that can satisfy your sweet tooth.

 

However, if you don’t care for fruit, or at the moment, it’s the reason for your upset stomach, then, substitute a low-sugar or sugar-free option to the food you’re craving.

 

Remember, pregnant women are at an increased risk for gum disease (especially if you have gestational diabetes). The added sweets, left unchecked, can cause an increase to gum issues and tooth decay.  So, to keep from harming your teeth…here’s what you need to do.

 

After you’ve indulged yourself, well, ok, you can blame it on the baby…After you’ve indulged the baby, it’s important you take a moment and rinse with an alcohol-free wash or brush your teeth after consuming the sweets.

 

By doing this, you’ll greatly reduce the risk of harming your teeth when those urges for the unusual combinations or treats high in sugar hit.

 

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? The Smart Patient’s Guide to Wisdom Teeth, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for further information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at West Airdrie Dental at 587 317 7713 or click here to visit our website.

Dental Health During Pregnancy: Part 3 – How to Care for Your Teeth Through Morning Sickness

Dental health during pregnancy can be affected by morning sickness. Pregnancy (especially your first) can be hard enough as it is. The morning sickness…vomiting, retching, upchucking, puking, throwing up…whatever you call it, it can be horrible.

Extreme morning sickness can lead to damaged tooth enamel and an increased risk of tooth decay. This is thanks to the stomach acids that remain on your teeth after being sick.

The good news is there are some things you can do at home to prevent additional dental issues during your pregnancy as a result of morning sickness!

Follow these tips to help

  • For starters, if you vomit, don’t brush your teeth immediately afterwards.
  • The stomach acid could actually scratch your tooth enamel, doing more harm than good.

    Rinse first to remove stomach acid from teeth
    Rinse first to remove stomach acid from teeth
  • Instead, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water. If possible, rinse with a fluorinated mouthwash.
  • Then, after an hour, go ahead and brush your teeth, using a fluorinated toothpaste if possible.
  • If the act of brushing causes you to gag, consider using a toddler toothbrush. They typically have smaller heads than adult toothbrushes.
  • Finally, slow down and take your time brushing. If necessary, find some distractions (music, television, etc.).
  • Consider another brand of toothpaste if the taste causes you to retch or just use water and mouthwash until you can go back to regular toothpaste.

If you’re still having issues, please discuss this with your dentist. There may be more option to help you specific to your need.

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? The Smart Patient’s Guide to Wisdom Teeth, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

Also, for additional information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at West Airdrie Dental at 587-317-7713 or click here to visit our website.

Dental Health During Pregnancy: Part 2 – How Dental Disease Affects Your Baby When You’re Pregnant

An earlier blog revealed how gum disease in pregnant women and hormone levels can increase the likelihood of inflamed or bleeding gums. Further, a connection between low birth weight or premature birth and gum disease has been found through research.

Premature babies have a higher risk of poor health conditions. These can include bad eyesight and hearing, or even cerebral palsy. In fact, some estimates show that 18% of premature births may be the result of chronic gum infection (periodontal disease).

But not to fear – there are things you can begin to do even before you become pregnant in order to decrease the risk of premature birth for your baby as a result of gum disease!

If you are planning on becoming pregnant, there are some things you should do and others to consider

  • pregnant woman getting dental checkup helps prevent gum disease during pregnancy
    pregnant woman getting dental checkup helps prevent gum disease during pregnancy

    You’re probably already trying to be as healthy as possible.

  • Be sure you’re brushing twice a day with a toothpaste that has fluoride.
  • Floss regularly
  • Make sure you see your dentist for all of your cleanings as well.
  • If you have plans to have any elective procedures done, be sure you do them before you begin trying to become pregnant. Once a pregnancy is confirmed, typically dentists don’t like to do procedures that aren’t an emergency.
  • There are some non-emergency procedures that can still be done after the first trimester and your dentist can make those recommendations.

Once you become pregnant, it’s important that you let your dentist know as soon as you find out.  It’s vital that your dentist is made aware of any nutritional supplements, prescription or over-the-counter medications you’re taking. Because of your pregnancy, there may now be a need to re-evaluate the procedures being considered, or discuss any options regarding anesthesia, x-rays, and other relevant information.

Want to know more? West Airdrie Dental is pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to your dental health. Why not get your copy now? THE SMART CONSUMER’S GUIDE TO: How to Make Sure You Choose the Right Dentist, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

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Dental Health During Pregnancy: Part 1- Important Information You Need About Your Gum Health While Pregnant

If you’re pregnant or plan on having a baby, there’s a lot to think about. You’re planning every second of your pregnancy. You’re making sure the baby is healthy and you create only the best environment for your baby to enter in to.

Many times, hormonal changes during pregnancy can throw a curve ball into your plans. Sometimes the plans can be changed. Sometimes, the plans are beyond your control. You may not think about it, but dental health during pregnancy is very important. For example, pregnant women are more prone to issues with their gums while carrying a child. This is due specifically as a result of the increase in hormone levels.

pregnant woman in dentist chair - Dental Health During Pregnancy
Dental Health During Pregnancy
  • During the 2nd trimester, more pregnant women are susceptible to gingivitis. Typically,                  this means swelling and/or bleeding of the gums when brushing and flossing
  • During pregnancy, the likelihood of periodontal disease can be heightened. This is especially concerning if you have chronic gum infection from untreated gingivitis
  • Pyogenic Granuloma (swollen gums caused by pregnancy) can typically be helped through professional cleanings

If you’re pregnant and find you’re having issues with your gums, here’s a few things you can do:

  1. Get a softer toothbrush
  2. Be sure to use a toothpaste with fluoride in it
  3. If you have any swelling or bleeding gums, let your dentist know so that can be assessed to prevent any possible infection.

Generally speaking, it’s important to keep your dental hygiene up during your pregnancy. You are able to have work done through the second and third trimester, should an issue present itself.

After you’ve given birth, it will be important for you to book an appointment with your dentist. They will want to make sure that, after hormone levels have returned to normal, so does your overall oral health.

We are pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to forming good dental habits is just a click away. Why not get your copy now? What You Need To Know About Gum Disease,  There’s absolutely NO OBLIGATION.

Also, for additional information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at West Airdrie Dental at (403) 980-0404 or click here to visit our website.