We here at Sarum Dental Practice would like to show our gratitude to all mother’s out there by providing you with a guide to keeping your teeth and gums in good health no matter what stage of motherhood you’re in!
Expectant and New Mothers
All mother’s will know the toll that hormonal changes can have on our bodies as an expectant or new mum. These changes can make your teeth more susceptible to plaque formation which can lead to gum inflammation and bleeding. This is why it is especially important to keep your teeth and gums healthy if your pregnant or have recently given birth. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily and avoiding sugary and overly acidic food is a sensible dental hygiene routine that will help you keep gum disease at bay.
If you’re currently experiencing morning sickness, we would recommend rinsing your mouth with plain water after each bout of sickness. This will make sure to wash away any acidic residues that could damage the surface of your teeth. Brushing your teeth one hour afterwards will also prevent the tooth enamel from further softening.
And did you know that dental care is free for NHS patients during pregnancy and up to 1 year after their due date? Book your next check-up appointment and let your dentist know if you have any questions or concerns regarding your oral health.
Mother’s with older children
If you find it hard to dedicate enough time to your oral hygiene routine between driving the kids to various activities and appointments, we’ve put together a few things you can do at home to keep your teeth and gums healthy in-between your regular dental check-ups:
- Follow a balanced diet that steers clear of refined sugars and focuses more on fruits and vegetables – this is a great way to help prevent tooth-caries!
- To effectively prevent tooth decay, brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste.
- Limiting your intake of stain-causing beverages, such as coffee and wine, and refraining from smoking will help to keep your teeth from discolouring and prevent more serious oral health issues.
Experienced Mums and Grandmothers
As we age, our oral health can be subject to deterioration and we can become more susceptible to gum disease and bone loss. If you’re worried about missing teeth in particular, the dentists at Sarum Dental Practice are on hand to recommend the very best in cosmetic treatments, from dental implants to dentures, to keep your smile youthful and healthy. For senior women, we suggest maintaining regular check-up appointments with your dentist so that they can efficiently address any changes that might affect your dental health.