If you are expecting a baby, you can also expect some changes to your teeth. If you have recently become pregnant, now is a good time to schedule an appointment to see our dentist, Dr. Nathe for a cleaning and exam. This will give our dentist a chance to give you a cleaning and address any minor oral health issues before the baby comes. And let’s face it, after the baby comes, you will be busy enough!
If you are not brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day, and flossing once a day, now would be a good time to start. During your pregnancy, you will experience hormonal changes which can increase your risk of gum disease. Our dentist will talk to you about pregnancy and gum disease, and may want to see you a few times during your pregnancy to check for gum disease and monitor your oral health.
Pregnancy comes with morning sickness. It’s just a fact of life. But when you vomit, the acid from your stomach will end up in your mouth and can damage your tooth enamel. When that happens, rinse your mouth with a mixture of water and baking soda and brush your teeth 30 minutes later. This will give your saliva time to neutralize the acid in your mouth.
Pregnancy tumors may sound alarming. They are raspberry shaped overgrowths that may appear on your gums during your pregnancy. But don’t worry, they are benign and easy for our dentist to remove.
If you have a little one on the way, or are planning on having a baby, you should plan your visit at Yakima Smiles in Yakima, Washington, today by calling (509) 941-2957.