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Dental tips for a healthy smile during pregnancy in Brookline, MA

Healthy Dental Tips During Pregnancy in Brookline area

Most people know that hormones during pregnancy can affect their body in many ways, but did you know that pregnancy hormones also affect your teeth and gums? Many pregnant women find that their gums are more inflamed and irritated, and pregnant women are at greater risk for oral health problems. Below, Dr. Stan Kovtun, dentist in Brookline, MA, offers dental tips to maintain a healthy smile during pregnancy.

If possible, treat dental issues before you become pregnant

Gum disease has been linked to negative pregnancy outcomes, including premature labor and low birth weights. The bacteria due to inflamed gums can enter your bloodstream, where it can eventually reach the fetus. If you are suffering from gum disease or tooth decay, seeing your dentist to get these issues under control before you become pregnant can help give you and your baby a healthy start to your pregnancy.

Maintain good dental hygiene at home

It is more important than ever before to maintain good oral hygiene at home when you are pregnant. That means:

  • Brushing after every meal, or at least two times per day, to remove food, debris, and disease-causing plaque and bacteria
  • Floss or use other interdental cleaners every day to clean between your teeth and gums
  • Talk with Dr. Kovtun about antibacterial mouthwashes or other rinses that aid in reducing oral bacterial counts.

If you find that brushing your teeth makes you gag, which is common during pregnancy, you can try brushing with a smaller, child-sized toothbrush and brushing your teeth later in the day when morning sickness may be less active.

Keep a healthy diet

Maintaining a healthy diet is not only good for you and your growing baby, but also your teeth and gums!

  • Drink plenty of water to help wash away sugary substances and keep your mouth hydrated, which is important for maintaining fresh breath and fend off bacteria by keeping the mouth less acidic.
  • Avoid sugary drinks and snacks
  • Eat several servings of calcium-rich foods every day to maintain strong teeth

See your dentist regularly for check-ups during your pregnancy

Regular check-ups and professional cleanings help keep your teeth healthy and enable you to get ahead of developing oral health issues before they become problematic and difficult to treat. Call Alpha Plus™ Dental Center in Brookline, MA to schedule your appointment today! (617) 274-8494

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Dr. Stan Kovtun DMD

A graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (with honors), Dr. Stan Kovtun is among the select few mercury-safe and biological dentists in Brookline, MA. With expertise in general, preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, as well as periodontal disease procedures, Dr. Kovtun is committed to patient education and comprehensive treatment plans. So, patients keep their teeth for life.

Patients benefit from Dr. Kovtun's focus on long-term relationships, continuing education, and investments in lasers, digital imaging, ozone, and other technologies.


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