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Why your teeth need extra care during pregnancy

By: FIONA WRIGHT, https://www.nowtolove.com.au Your teeth and gums need special attention during pregnancy, so it is recommended that you book in to see your oral health professional between the fourth and sixth months of your pregnancy. Hormones produced by your body plus an increased metabolism and blood supply during pregnancy can increase the risk of dental decay and issues with gum disease so it’s important to maintain an effective oral hygiene routine. Look after your teeth and gums Maintain healthy oral hygiene habits by brushing morning and night with a fluoridated toothpaste, cleaning between teeth daily, eating a diet low in sugars and acidic foods and drinks, and visiting your oral health practitioner regularly. Suffering from pregnancy sickness? Dietary cravings,…

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5 watch-outs for your teeth during pregnancy

By: Dr Matt Hopcraft, http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au While moms-to-be are aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and taking care of their bodies during pregnancy, they may not know about the effects that pregnancy can have on their teeth and gums. Think cavities, damaged tooth enamel, and even periodontal disease. While the old wives’ tale ‘gain a child, lose a tooth’ is probably a bit of a stretch, there is a link between pregnancy and dental problems. Leading Australian dentist and Oral-B consultant, Clinical Associate Professor Matt Hopcraft shares some of the biggest concerns mums-to-be should look out for, and tips on how to maintain good oral health during pregnancy. 1. Morning sickness Morning sickness is most common during the…