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Dental Tips During Pregnancy

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At Okanagan Smiles Dental office, the topic of babies and pregnancy is closer to us then ever as Kelowna dentists Dr. Matson and Dr. Visscher are expecting their first child this December.

Pregnancy is an important time to maintain your dental health as good oral hygiene lowers the risk of transmitting pathogenetic bacteria to your new bundle of joy.

Dental treatment is safe throughout your entire pregnancy, However most women find the 2nd trimester to be the most comfortable time for dental care as morning sickness has subsided and it is more comfortable for to sit in the dental chair then waiting for the 3rd trimester.

When you’re pregnant you might find daily hygiene care, such as brushing and flossing, more difficult due to morning sickness and an increased gag reflux. Try using a smaller toothbrush and a low foaming toothpaste while brushing your teeth. Also, set up an appointment with your hygienist. Their instruments are smaller and can reach your back teeth without setting off your gag reflux. Inform your hygienist if you are having sensitivities to specific smells and tastes, like mint.

You also might experience gums bleeding and swelling. While it might be more difficult to bush and floss, these changes to your gums is most likely pregnancy gingivitis. This is due to the hormone changes occurring in your body and it is very important to bush and floss and maintain or even increase hygiene visits.

Protecting your developing baby is very important and the most common concern pregnant women have for dental treatment is exposure to radiation. Advances is technology have made x-rays much safer as digital x-rays have a fraction of the radiation compared to conventional x-rays. Okanagan Smiles Kelowna dentists uses both state-of-the art x-ray technology and dental aprons with thyroid colors to reduce exposure to both your baby and yourself.

Improving your dental health during pregnancy has a positive effect on both you and your baby. The health benefits of regular dental care outweigh the perceived risks and allow your precious baby a healthy start in life.

Helpful tips to have a healthy mouth and body during your pregnancy:

  • Brush teeth after mealtimes.
  • Floss daily.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste or MI Paste to boost minerals into your teeth.
  • Limit eating sugary foods to mealtimes only.
  • Drink lots of water, avoiding caffeinated and sugary beverages.
  • Use low foaming toothpaste if gag reflux is increased.

Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!

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