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What to expect when you're expecting

By Team Pearlii2 min read
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You’ve got a little human on the way and somehow nine months just doesn’t seem long enough. In amongst the scramble of organising baby showers, building cots, and attending parenting classes, it’s no wonder that dental care isn’t top of the to-do list for many expecting mothers.

Those that do find the time during these busy months, often express apprehension before attending these appointments. Dentists are often asked if certain procedures could pose a potential risk during pregnancy. However, this old wives’ tale is just that - an old wives’ tale that has since been proven to be untrue. Despite this being debunked, you will often notice changes to your oral health during pregnancy including in your teeth, gums, and tongue.

Many expectant mothers have to endure the onset of nausea and vomiting in their first trimester. Vomiting can weaken the teeth and increase the risk of decay and erosion. When this occurs, it is important to neutralise the acid on your teeth by either rinsing with fluoride toothpaste or by chewing sugar-free gum.

Although this discomfort is temporary, the damage it can do to your mouth is not. Some easy and quick dental steps to incorporate into your daily routine can include using a soft bristled bamboo toothbrush to brush your teeth, using dental floss to clean between the teeth daily, and to avoid acidic food and drinks that can contribute to negative oral outcomes.

While thinking about your oral health may not be top priority during pregnancy, your body will thank you long-term. 

So what are you waiting for?

Tick this job off your to-do list and book a dentist appointment through the Pearlii App today!

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