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Maintaining Good Oral Health During Pregnancy

Maintaining Good Oral Health During Pregnancy

Being pregnant is one of the most unique times in your life. There are many benefits and challenges, and all the changes in your body can affect every part of your life including your oral health. Along with following your doctor’s advice for taking care of your body, there are also specific things to consider related to pregnancy and oral health. Here are some ways to ensure you keep your teeth and mouth healthy during these nine months.

Speak With Us 

For the most part, routine dental cleanings and checkups are fine for pregnant women and don’t carry any unusual risks. However, it’s always good to let us know you’re expecting, and pass along any relevant information from your doctor. You should also indicate any medications you’re taking. Most dentists will suggest you wait on certain procedures such as x-rays or sedation until after the baby is born.

Prepare for Changes

One of the most important parts of understanding pregnancy and oral health is knowing that pregnancy changes things in your body’s biology. For example:

  • Pregnant women may be more prone to gingivitis.
  • Gums may be more likely to bleed.
  • Your dentist may recommend scheduling more frequent cleanings or using fluoride mouthwash.
  • You may be more sensitive to tastes, smells and hot or cold foods.

Make Healthy Choices

What you eat while you’re pregnant not only affects your own body and that of your baby, it also can play a large part in your oral health as well. Follow diet advice from your doctor and dentist, including getting the right amount of necessary vitamins and nutrients, eating a diet low in sugar and exercising safely. If you are snacking more often, be sure to avoid foods that are overly acidic and to brush your teeth frequently.

When you’re expecting, it’s important to understand how pregnancy and oral health relate to each other. Your dentist may have advice or recommendations similar to those of your doctor. Essentially, it’s extremely important to maintain your health during pregnancy and that includes taking care of your teeth as well.

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Dr. Paola and Harmony Dental Health provide Cosmetic and Family Dentistry and exceptional Dental Implant Restoration. From teeth whitening to dental emergencies to dentures, we cover it all. It is our mission to provide comprehensive care at an affordable cost to each and every patient. We want to show you that it’s not just talk and hype at Harmony Dental Health, but real results. We hope to meet your dental needs through care that best suits you. We strive to help each patient achieve greater oral and overall health. In truth, we save smiles! We have situated our practice at 1244 Fort Washington Avenue Suite A of the Upper Dublin Professional Center in Fort Washington. We are directly next to the Upper Dublin High School.

Caring for Your Dental Implants

Caring for Your Dental Implants

Caring for Your Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth. This is due to the fact that the implant is a titanium post that gets inserted into the jaw bone. This basically serves as an artificial tooth root that prevents the bone from deteriorating any more. It is an intricate procedure, but well worth it in the long run. Before you get your implant, your dentist should go over how you will need to take care of it, but fortunately it is fairly simple.

Brush and Floss 

An implant cannot develop cavities or an infection, so there is nothing to worry about in terms of the implant itself failing. However, if infections develop within the gum tissue, jaw bone or other oral structures, then the integrity of your dental implant could be compromised. All you really need to do is to continue brushing and flossing your teeth every day like you should be doing anyway.

Regular Checkups

With proper maintenance, it is very likely that your dental implants could last the rest of your life. Many patients find that implants last for at least a couple decades. The best way to keep track of how well your implants are doing is to see a professional dentist twice a year. This will give a dental expert a chance to observe your oral structures and see if any changes need to be made to your routine. In the event something bad is occurring, it can typically be caught early enough to where there is minimal inconvenience to your life.

After losing a tooth, it is a good idea to see if dental implants are a viable option. Generally, if you wait too long, then the jaw bone can deteriorate enough to the point where a bone grafting procedure will need to be done first. As soon as you get your implant, you will discover that taking care of it offers little to no disruption to your day-to-day routine.

Dr. Paola Wants You To Take Care Of Your Dental Implants

Dr. Paola and Harmony Dental Health provide Cosmetic and Family Dentistry and exceptional Dental Implant Restoration. From teeth whitening to dental emergencies to dentures, we cover it all. It is our mission to provide comprehensive care at an affordable cost to each and every patient. We want to show you that it’s not just talk and hype at Harmony Dental Health, but real results. We hope to meet your dental needs through care that best suits you. We strive to help each patient achieve greater oral and overall health. In truth, we save smiles! We have situated our practice at 1244 Fort Washington Avenue Suite A of the Upper Dublin Professional Center in Fort Washington. We are directly next to the Upper Dublin High School.

Finding the Right Toothpaste for Your Teeth

Many types of toothpaste contain the same basic ingredients. However, some come with slightly different variations. If there is something you are hoping to achieve with your dental health and appearance, then you should try different toothpaste to see which one will provide you with the results you want to see.

Finding the Right Toothpaste for Your Teeth

Finding the Right Toothpaste for Your Teeth

Whiter Smile

Stains can buildup on teeth over time due to your diet. Teeth can look slightly yellow if too much staining takes place. Luckily, there are toothpastes out there to help remove stains. These varieties contain chemicals effective at clinging onto stains and making them disappear from enamel.

Tooth Sensitivity

Overly sensitive teeth are a serious problem. Eating something too cold or too hot can result in extreme discomfort. If your teeth routinely feel painful after consuming something on either end of the temperature spectrum, then you should look for toothpaste that contains potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. These materials protect the nerves in your teeth.

Preventing Tartar

Tartar is a dangerous substance that you want to ensure does not have the opportunity to build up on your gum line. Tartar can infect the tissue, leading to periodontal disease. When this happens, you will need to see a dental professional for treatment. However, it is much easier to simply prevent tartar from building up, which necessitates a cleaning agent that contains Triclosan or zinc citrate. If possible, try to find a variety that has both.

Flavoring 

Many different types of toothpaste come with artificial flavoring to make them more tolerable. This is often done so that young children will be more willing to brush their teeth. A variety of flavorings are out there, including bubblegum, spearmint and chocolate.

The next time you are walking down the toothpaste aisle at the supermarket, take a look at the different varieties available. Try different ones to see how you like them.

Dr. Paola Wants You To Find the Right Toothpaste for Your Teeth

Dr. Paola and Harmony Dental Health provide Cosmetic and Family Dentistry and exceptional Dental Implant Restoration. From teeth whitening to dental emergencies to dentures, we cover it all. It is our mission to provide comprehensive care at an affordable cost to each and every patient. We want to show you that it’s not just talk and hype at Harmony Dental Health, but real results. We hope to meet your dental needs through care that best suits you. We strive to help each patient achieve greater oral and overall health. In truth, we save smiles! We have situated our practice at 1244 Fort Washington Avenue Suite A of the Upper Dublin Professional Center in Fort Washington. We are directly next to the Upper Dublin High School.

Contact Harmony Dental Health Today!

1244 Fort Washington Ave Suite A, Fort Washington, PA 19034

(215) 643-0363