Posted .

Unfortunately, pregnancy can take a toll on your teeth and gums, which means your smile is vulnerable to many dental issues if you have a bun in the oven. However, there are things you can do each day to keep your smile in tip-top shape. Those things are:

Keep up on oral hygiene: It’s important to clean your smile regularly. So, make sure you brush your teeth twice a day, floss your smile once a day, and rinse your mouth daily. Doing these things can keep your teeth and gums clean and pristine and can also prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Eat a balanced diet: Having a balanced and healthy diet is vital for your teeth during pregnancy. So, please do your best to eat enough fruits and vegetables and avoid snacking throughout the day. If this is difficult because of morning sickness, feel free to talk to Dr. H. Michael Long and ask for any tips he might have.

Visit your dentist: It’s important to visit your dentist every six months, especially because gum disease is more prevalent in pregnant women. This is often the case because the bacteria that create plaque and tartar are bolstered during pregnancy. So, make sure you visit Dr. H. Michael Long twice a year so he can remove the plaque and tartar from your smile. Also, please remember to mention your pregnancy to the staff when you come to the office.

Control your smile’s exposure to acid: Unfortunately, morning sickness can cause terrible harm to your teeth. This is because your vomit has high amounts of acid. The acid tends to cling to the teeth and erode the enamel, promoting tooth decay and sensitivity. So, please rinse your mouth with water and a teaspoon of baking soda. This can help keep the acid from attacking your teeth.

If you keep up on oral hygiene, maintain a healthy diet, visit your dentist, and care for your smile, you’ll be on your way toward the best smile and oral health possible. For more information about these provided tips and about how to take care of your smile while you’re pregnant in Tullahoma, Tennessee, please call H. Michael Long, DDS at 931-455-2595 at your earliest convenience. Our dental team will be more than happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your phone call!