Every parent wants the best experience during pregnancy, with the best outcome being a happy, healthy baby. Here at Scott A. Ervin DDS PA, we take expectant mother’s health seriously and have ways to ensure their oral health with our dentist in Terrell, Texas. First, as soon as the positive sign is indicated, it’s time to see Dr. Scott A. Ervin for a checkup, especially if it’s been longer than six months. A prenatal exam is the perfect time to check a mother-to-be’s oral health. A thorough exam, cleaning, and X-rays are a great start. Follow up at our office at the beginning of the third trimester, before it gets too uncomfortable.
It’s also a good time for you to practice healthy eating habits that can help your oral health. Limiting sugar, processed foods, and opting for fresh produce can help reduce cavities and protect your gums. Decreasing the amount of snacking between meals can also help with endeavours to protecting teeth. Also, if you have symptoms indicative of an infection, or notice your gums becoming red and swollen, it’s best to take care of those issues in early pregnancy, since gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease. A good rule of thumb is to replace your toothbrush at the beginning of each trimester and use an alcohol-free mouthwash. If you have morning sickness, try swishing your mouth with a baking-soda mixture after vomiting to prevent acids from sticking to teeth. To learn more about keeping your teeth and gums in tiptop shape, while ensuring the health of your baby, contact us at 972-563-1670. We are here to protect your oral health, while you are protecting the life inside you.