Dental Health Tips for Expecting and New Mums
This month in honour of Mother’s Day, we are celebrating all you mums. So lets start at the very beginning (of motherhood that is!). This is also the last week to enter out Mother’s Day competition so don’t forget to visit our Facebook page to enter the competition to win a hamper for your Mum’s this Mother’s Day.
Whether you are pregnant, adopting, or a first time mum of a precious newborn; with the arrival of that bundle of joy, you also often say goodbye to a restful night’s sleep for a while yet! Sleep, as you will soon find out, impacts a number of areas of your life and health. Dental health is no exception. We often find that pregnant or new mums have mild or moderate gum disease as the hormones associated with pregnancy greatly increase your risk of gum disease. As difficult as it can be to find time for yourselves during these times, looking after your oral health during pregnancy and those hazy newborn days is more important than ever. It is also important to take the time to keep up to date with your regular check ups.
New and expecting mums also need to make sure they keep up with their Calcium and Magnesium supplies. Calcium, as you well may know, is necessary to build up strong bones and teeth and Magnesium helps transport Calcium around the body. Pregnant mums can also commonly suffer from leg cramps and Magnesium can also help reduce this from happening as well as help promote more restful sleep (when you can get it that is!). To keep your levels of Calcium and Magnesium up, make sure you are eating foods that are high in these minerals such as dairy products and leafy green vegetables such as kale and spinach. You can also take them in supplement form.
I’m sure you may have heard the old wives tale that for every child, the mother looses a tooth. Well there’s good news on that front. This can easily be avoided with good oral hygiene and diet during your pregnancy and certainly in this day and age, it does not have to be the case at all.
Expecting mums who unfortunately suffer from morning sickness are at a higher risk of tooth decay and teeth sensitivity due to the erosion. This can be combated with a few simple rules. Firstly, rinse your mouth out with water immediately following any episodes of morning sickness as this washes out the acid from your mouth. Secondly, refrain from brushing your teeth for at least 30min or an hour afterwards as soon after being sick, your enamel can be quite soft and brushing too soon after may quite literally result in brushing off your enamel causing further damage and sensitivity. Thirdly, talk to your dentist about topical fluoride treatments you can use to help combat the effects of the enamel erosion. One simple way you can make your everyday toothpaste more effective in this regard is to NOT rinse the toothpaste out of your mouth after your brush them. Spit out the excess toothpaste and walk away. This leaves a thin layer of fluoride on your teeth which, if done daily, can help reduce the damaging effects of the acid.
If you would like to talk to our dentists about this or any other dentally related issue, please call us on 9580 3200 or simply come in. We are conveniently located in the Aspendale Gardens Shopping Centre.