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A Pregnant Woman Brushing Her Teeth

Taking Care of Your Oral Health While Pregnant

A Pregnant Woman Brushing Her TeethThere are quite a few urban myths and half-truths about visiting the dentist when pregnant, but the truth is that dental care is especially important during pregnancy. Being pregnant affects your entire body and that goes for your mouth too.

Hormonal changes can affect your teeth and gums and that’s why it is very important to take good care of your oral hygiene and visit your dentist for regular check-ups while pregnant. An experienced dentist, such as the ones at Unidental in Stockport, will give you tips on how to stay on top of your oral care during pregnancy.

Hormonal changes during your pregnancy can affect your teeth in quite a few ways.

Pregnancy Gum Inflammation

Sometimes increased levels of progesterone, a pregnancy hormone, can result in gum inflammation leading to sensitive, red and swollen gums. This may eventually cause bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth. Luckily, symptoms of pregnancy gum inflammation usually disappear after the baby is born, but it is important for your dentist to monitor it.

Gum Disease

A limited number of women experience a type of gum disease while pregnant, which can cause many problems if left untreated. Gum disease occurs when bacterial infections spread below the gum line and eventually start damaging the fibres that hold your teeth in place. Gum disease can also affect the health of the baby, since it has been associated with premature birth and lower birth weights. Your dentist can help eliminate the risk of gum disease with a thorough tooth cleaning and they will also be able to show you how to clean your teeth effectively to help prevent plaque build-up.

Erosion of Tooth Enamel

Although not that common, vomiting caused by morning sickness can lead to the erosion of the enamel on the back of your front teeth. This is more likely to happen with frequent vomiting over a prolonged period of time and can be prevented with regular dental check-ups.

Generally, invasive dental treatments during the first trimester and second half of the third trimester should be avoided as much as possible as a precaution. However, visiting your dentist regularly throughout your pregnancy is highly recommended in order to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Who Should Teach Children to Brush Their Teeth?

Oral Hygiene An article by The Telegraph reports that the main reason why most children are admitted to hospital is for tooth extractions. It goes on to state that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has suggested that schools should start to teach children how to brush their teeth.  They believe that if teachers and school nurses teach oral hygiene and supervise children while they brush their teeth it would help drive down rates of tooth decay.

However, some critics of the programme said the implementation will turn the nation into a ‘super nanny’ and will promote the idea among parents that they can delegate basic childrearing skills.

NICE has pointed out, however, that with 25 per cent of five-year-olds suffering from obvious tooth decay, it is important that children learn proper dental skills early in life, regardless of who does the teaching.

Importance of Dental Care

According to NICE, good oral health is vital throughout our lives. Oral health encompasses much more than simply a pearly white set of strong teeth. Poor dental health has been linked to a wide range of health problems. A study in the United States has proposed a link between gum disease and heart disease and has suggested that regular brushing could help prevent heart attacks.

Cuffley Village Dental Practice recommends that children and adults should brush twice a day for at least two minutes at each session. This advice is supported by Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive of NICE, who adds that people should use fluoride toothpaste for brushing. In addition, parents should minimise their children’s consumption of sugary foods and ask their family dentist the proper way to floss their children’s teeth.

Regardless of who teaches children good oral hygiene habits, they should have the discipline to brush their teeth at least twice a day. This will not only help prevent painful tooth decay and give them the confidence to smile with a full set of teeth but will also improve their overall health.

 

Unhealthy Oral Hygiene Routines to Avoid

Oral Hygiene in ModestoYou already know how to brush your teeth properly, and you floss daily. However, that doesn't get you an A+ for good oral hygiene. Even the most health-conscious individuals have routines that damage their oral health. Knowing how to properly take care of your teeth is one thing; know which habits to avoid so that on your next dental visit at dentistsalida.com, your teeth are plaque-free.  

Avoid Consuming Too Much Salad

Eating greens is good for your health, but you need to brush a little more than usual. Salads contain magnesium and calcium that are great for the body and bad for your teeth. They form tartar in the mouth, which is damaging for both gums and teeth. It also causes plaque that houses germs.

Avoid Using Harsh Toothpaste

Toothpaste packaging with ultra-clean and super-white promises may sound convincing, but harsh and abrasive products do more damage than good. The chemicals in the toothpaste will weaken your gums and teeth. Stuart J. Froum from dental.nyu.edu recommends milder brands.

Avoid Drinking Bottled Water

Bottled water causes environmental and health risks. Yes, this affects your oral health. Froum says bottled water does not contain fluoride, which prevents cavity buildup. The main source of fluoride is tap water, as it is not found in any kind of food. If you think tap water is unsafe, just add fluoride supplements to your diet to protect your teeth.

Avoid Being Careless with White Strips

Using white strips to create super-white teeth might sound like a great idea, but it is also a risky feat. Froum says you won’t encounter problems if you put it on the stain and make sure it doesn’t touch the gums. When it does touch your gums, it will irritate them and stop the blood supply before it causes receding gums.

Your good oral habit is useless if you don’t avoid the negative routines causing the damage. Give your teeth the TLC they need to give you a healthy smile. 

Braces

Smile Confidently: Living with Braces 101

BracesOral hygiene does not stop when you have braces. In fact, they give you more responsibility for your mouth. Braces are only there to help with the positioning of your pearly whites; you should do your part in keeping them intact.

  1. You may feel a little pain and discomfort for the first few days of having braces. Specialists in Belfast may recommend some pain relievers.
  2. Eat softer foods like soup. It would also help to avoid food items that are a little chewy, such as meat, caramel and gum. Food items you may want to avoid are nuts, pretzels, carrots, corn or even popcorn, no matter how tempting. Cut them into small sizes for easier consumption, if you cannot avoid them.
  3. Blue Sky Dentistry mentions avoiding food with high sugar content.
  4. Brush the right way. Since you have braces, you should brush your teeth more meticulously. The space in between the gums and the braces is where food gets stuck often, so you should concentrate on that area. To reduce the chances of bleeding, gargle with salt and water, and use toothbrush with softer bristles.
  5. Use a dentist or an orthodontist recommended toothpaste such as those rich in fluoride to keep your teeth healthy.
  6. There may be a need to bring your toothbrush wherever you are because it is best that you brush your teeth after every meal, including snacks.
  7. In addition to brushing, you should floss your teeth. It is better if you floss at least twice a day to get rid of tiny bits of food in between teeth.
  8. When you have braces, you may be more prone to mouth sores. Consult your specialist for ointments or creams you may use. You may also use plastic mouth guards to protect your oral cavity, especially when you are engaging in strenuous activities.

It may be a little hard to adjust to your new braces. You will get used to it, and you will realise it was all worth the money (and the trouble) when you see the beautiful outcome.