There are so many different symptoms that appear during pregnancy as your body changes and grows. One I was unaware of was bleeding gums. Whilst this might sound sinister it is entirely normal, caused by plaque build up due to hormonal changes. None the less, it’s always good to make sure you take care of your dental health. Here are a few things I am doing to take care of my dental health during pregnancy.
Use a softer toothbrush
When bleeding gums are more likely, heavy handed brushing is not going to help to keep your teeth clean. In fact, you’re more likely to do harm than good. To ensure a more gentle approach, get yourself a soft bristled toothbrush. Although the brush may not feel like it’s doing a lot of work, using a circular motion to brush your teeth and taking your time in the morning and the evening will be more than effective.
Use a good quality toothpaste
To work alongside a good toothbrush, make sure you have a good quality toothpaste. If you’re unsure about which to choose, you can ask your dentist for advice. According to the NHS, the important thing to note is whether or not flouride is noted in the ingredients. Colgate is my go to brand and their Total Whitening toothpaste is the one which I am using at the moment. (Ad)
Floss every day
Using a softer toothbrush and a more gentle brushing technique may mean that some build up is left in the hard to reach areas of your mouth. Taking a couple of minutes each day to floss may sound like another obvious way to keep your teeth clean, but it works. I’ve always been a bit lazy when it comes to flossing, but I’ve given it a lot more attention since becoming pregnant. Anything extra that I can do to keep myself in good health is worth the effort.
Reduce your sugar intake
We’ve heard it since we were tiny tots just tall enough to reach the sweetie shelf in the local shop. “Too much sugar rots your teeth”. As much as we all hate to hear it, of course it’s the truth and we have to have everything in moderation. For the benefit of your dental health, and your health in general while growing the tiny person in your belly, try to keep your sugar intake to a minimum. That isn’t to say you shouldn’t be enjoying the food you love. When the sweet cravings take over, brush your teeth soon after you’ve eaten.
Drink lots of water
Finally, a simple habit that we should all adopt at any time in life. Drinking more water is always a good idea. Personally, it is helping me to avoid the fizzy drinks and fruit juices when I’m feeling really thirsty. Especially now during my second trimester.
Your body is an incredible thing and it knows exactly how to handle your pregnancy, so please don’t worry when these strange symptoms start to appear. The NHS website is great for advice on all things health and if you are ever in doubt, your midwife team or GP will always be there to support you.
This is a sponsored post. The product mentioned was gifted by Colgate, but all views are my own.