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Author: Dr. Tontra Lowe

If you’re pregnant, then you need to make sure to take good care of your smile on a regular basis. Taking care of your teeth and gums is important because pregnancy can take a toll on your smile and oral health. So, to help you keep your smile in tip-top shape during your pregnancy in Haymarket, Virginia, please do the following things:

Keep up on oral hygiene: Please remember to brush your teeth every morning and every night, floss your smile right before bed, and rinse your mouth with mouthwash daily. As you do these things, use a soft-bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, unflavored waxed dental floss, and antibacterial mouthwash. Oral hygiene can help you prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues while you’re pregnant.

Eat a balanced diet: Having a healthy and balanced diet can help you and your smile in a myriad of ways while you have a bun in your oven. So, please make sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoid snacking throughout the day. If this is difficult because of nausea or morning sickness, please ask Dr. Tontra Lowe, DDS for more tips and information.

Visit your dentist: It’s vital that you visit Dr. Tontra Lowe, DDS every six months for a dental cleaning and exam. This is because the bacteria that cause gum disease are bolstered during pregnancy. So, it’s important that you remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums so you don’t fall victim to gum disease. Also, please remember to mention your pregnancy to our dental team when you come into our office.

Control your smile’s exposure to acid: Unfortunately, stomach acid can wear away your tooth enamel and cause tooth decay and tooth sensitivity. This is why it’s important to rinse your mouth with water mixed with a teaspoon of baking soda after you throw up. Please don’t brush your teeth for at least a half an hour after exposing your teeth to acid.

For more information and details about maintaining a strong and healthy smile while you’re pregnant, please don’t be afraid to call Awesome Smiles Dental Center at 571-261-2600 at your earliest convenience. The sooner you call us, the sooner Dr. Tontra Lowe, DDS and our dental team can give you the tips and advice you need to succeed. We look forward to hearing from you!