If you are pregnant, it’s important that you notify Dr. Chong and our team so that we can customize your dental care. Pregnancy is an incredible experience, but it comes with a few risks to your oral health. We are here to help you maintain excellent oral health throughout your pregnancy so that you can continue to have a radiant smile:
– Maintain daily oral hygiene habits. Healthy teeth depend on a foundation of brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing every day and using a mouthwash, as this lowers your risk of dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease.
– Eat healthy foods. What you eat can directly influence the condition of your teeth and gums, which is why we recommend eating lots of fruits and vegetables and limiting how often you snack. If morning sickness and nausea cause you to need to snack often, Dr. Sonney L Chong is happy to help you find an alternative tactic.
– Don’t skip your dental checkups. You should visit the dentist every six months regardless, but it’s even more important now because pregnancy can increase your risk of gum disease. When you are pregnant, you may have more plaque and tartar due to increased oral bacteria, and it’s important that our team cleans away these substances to maintain your oral health.
– Protect your mouth from oral acid. With morning sickness can come a lot of stomach acid in your mouth, and this can erode your tooth enamel and cause you to develop tooth sensitivity and cavities. If you have morning sickness, use a mixture of water and baking soda to rinse your mouth and dilute the acid.
If you are pregnant and have concerns about maintaining your oral health in Sacramento, California, we invite you to contact Sonney Chong DMD at 916-421-3057 today for a visit with our dentist.