The importance of antenatal dental appointments

Sarah Health

Why do we need regular dental checkups?

Whether we are pregnant or not, the benefits of regular dental check-ups are not to be ignored. Many people stir with fears about going to the dentist, fearing the worst and worrying about the procedures that may have to be done when they finally go.

The dentist surgery has a lot of fear surrounding it but in reality, there is nothing to fear at all. Dentists have their patients’ best interests at heart and their prime job is to ensure that your oral hygiene is the best it can be.

Why is it more important to get dental appointments during pregnancy?

If you knew the importance of regular dental check-ups before you got pregnant, you should know that it is even more important that you visit for dental appointments now.

During pregnancy, hormonal changes can make teeth and gums much more susceptible to plaque and, consequently, gum disease.

Free dental appointments with the NHS.

The NHS offers you free dental care during pregnancy and for 1 year after your due date. For this you will need a maternity exemption letter which is signed by your midwife.

For this reason, there is no better time to get down to your local dentist and make an appointment.

Many people claim that they feel more comfortable when visiting a private dental practice because they trust the dentists much more. If you feel this could help you, get in touch with a dental practice near you. If you are located in Stockport, get in touch with 32 Whites.

Looking after your teeth and gums during pregnancy

  • Brush teeth thoroughly twice a day. Your dentist can help you with an effective brushing method.
  • Use a small headed, soft toothbrush.
  • Avoid having sugary food and drink too often.
  • Snack on vegetables and fruits in between meals.
  • Use alcohol free mouthwashes.
  • Stop smoking, as it makes gum disease worse.

If you are experiencing morning sickness during your pregnancy, rinse your mouth out with water after you vomit to remove acid from your mouth.

You should also wait about an hour before brushing your teeth if you have vomited, because your enamel will be softened by the stomach acid.

If you believe you may have gum disease, book an appointment with a dentist immediately.