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Pregnancy Life & Style - - WHO, WHAT, WHY? -

preg­nancy can in­crease the like­li­hood of gum dis­ease, lead­ing to swelling and bleed­ing of the gums, par­tic­u­larly no­tice­able dur­ing brush­ing and floss­ing.

Nausea, re­flux and vom­it­ing dur­ing preg­nancy may also dam­age tooth enamel, in­creas­ing the risk of ero­sion and tooth sen­si­tiv­ity, due to the strong stom­ach acids wash­ing over the teeth. It is rec­om­mended that you avoid brush­ing im­me­di­ately af­ter vom­it­ing, as this can in­crease wear on al­ready com­pro­mised tooth enamel. It is more ben­e­fi­cial to rinse your mouth thor­oughly with plain tap wa­ter and then use a flu­o­ri­dated mouth­wash.

Wait at least 30 min­utes af­ter vom­it­ing be­fore brush­ing your teeth.

Look af­ter your teeth and gums

Main­tain­ing healthy oral hy­giene habits is crit­i­cal dur­ing preg­nancy. Reg­u­lar brush­ing and floss­ing, eat­ing a diet low in sug­ary and acidic foods and drinks as well as reg­u­lar vis­its to your oral health pro­fes­sional re­duces many preg­nancy-re­lated den­tal prob­lems.

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