I work as a clerical assistant in a pediatric dental office, and I am commonly surprised by the number of children who are scared of the dentist. Many kids think that cleanings will be painful, and they believe they will be scolded for eating sugary foods. Children are also extremely frightful of the noises made by the water spraying tools and the suction devices. As adults, we know that dental cleanings are easy and free of pain. We need to impart this knowledge to our children so they know not to fear the dentist. I have provided blogs that will help you speak with your child about dental care. Good communication, trips to your own dentist, and online videos can assist you. So will good brushing techniques that will make your child proud to see the dentist. Enjoy my articles so you can help your child build oral care confidence.
If you are currently pregnant, you probably feel overwhelmed with all the changes happening to your body. One area you will also need to pay attention to is your oral health. Pregnancy can make you more at risk of developing certain conditions, and you need to stay on top of them before they turn into serious issues.
Sore or Swollen Gums
Your body will have more blood than usual in it, and the blood will travel to unexpected places. This is why pregnant women have issues with swollen gums so often. Be aware of any oral complication that can cause your gums to feel tender or sore, and be concerned if your gums start to bleed when brushing your teeth. Bleeding is a sign that you possibly have gingivitis. Consult with your dentist about what can be done about it during your current stage of pregnancy.
Plaque and Tooth Decay
Pregnancy will cause your teeth to become vulnerable due to plaque build-up, which is responsible for creating tooth decay and gum disease. You'll want to pay more attention to how well and often you brush your teeth, because you want to avoid plaque build-up. Once again, the problem can lead to bleeding gums that are a sign of gingivitis. Bleeding gums do not always mean you have gingivitis, but it is a big enough problem that your dentist should find out what is going on.
If you are currently suffering from gingivitis, know that the problem can get worse during pregnancy. Your dentist can help let you know about how to prevent gingivitis from getting worse, since it could cause further complications down the road.
While better oral care is always recommended, there are other techniques that are completely natural as well. Taking vitamin C can help fight off bacteria in your mouth, vitamin A helps your teeth and bones grow, and rinsing with sea salt can reduce inflammation. If you decide to take vitamins, just make sure you are within your daily limits. Other options include taking an oral antibiotic, such as penicillin or amoxicillin, or using a prescription mouth rinse.
Erosion of Enamel
Morning sickness can easily cause the enamel to erode on your teeth. This makes your teeth susceptible to having tooth decay. You need to keep up on your brushing, especially after vomiting, to protect your teeth from those stomach acids that can cause a lot of damage.
For more info on oral health during pregnancy, speak with your dentist.