Baby and You

Brushing for Two

When you are expecting a baby, your body goes through a lot. This is partly due to hormonal changes and partly due to the result of carrying extra body weight. From swollen feet to sore gums, when you are pregnant you need to take extra care of your body, including your mouth.

WHAT CHANGES MIGHT I NOTICE DURING PREGNANCY?

Your gums might become more sensitive

Hormonal changes can make your gums more susceptible to plaque build-up, which can lead to gum problems such as discomfort, sensitivity, swollen or bleeding gums (gingivitis). While this is nothing to be alarmed about, you do need to be on the lookout for the symptoms and consult your dentist who can advise on how to manage this.

Prevent gingivitis by brushing twice a day for at least two minutes followed by flossing. In this way, plaque is dislodged from your gum line, meaning less irritation and swollen gums.

Your taste buds may be affected

Changes in hormone levels can affect your taste, making strong flavours hard to bear, especially if you experience morning sickness. A study found that up to 93% of women report some change in taste during the first months of pregnancy!

Making small changes in your diet and daily routine can help, only you will know what works for you. Choosing a toothpaste with a mild flavour will help if you suffer from morning sickness or find strong flavours overpowering.

You may be prone to ulcers

There are a number of things happening in your body that make you more susceptible to mouth ulcers during pregnancy. Vitamin deficiency, stress and destabilised immunity can all manifest as mouth ulcers.

To help protect your mouth, try to ensure you have the recommended intake of Vitamin B12, folic acid and zinc, and ensure you are following a good oral hygiene regime.

TOP TIPS FOR A HEALTHY MOUTH DURING PREGNANCY

  • Morning sickness sufferer? Rinse your mouth regularly with water and wait a short while before brushing your teeth. Stomach acid can soften and weaken your teeth and harsh brushing can cause damage.
  • Picking a toothbrush? Go for the one with the softest bristles – this way you won’t over brush or damage swollen gums.
  • Take time to see the dentist – they may spot problems with your gums even before you see any changes, and they’ll be able to advise you on the best brushing or flossing techniques. NHS dentists are free when you are pregnant and for 12 months after the baby is born.
  • Try a daily toothpaste like Zendium that’s mild and gentle. It doesn’t contain harsh ingredients and it’s clinically proven to give strong teeth and naturally healthy gums.

Zendium toothpaste: its benefits during pregnancy

Zendium’s formula is mild yet effective. It contains the same natural enzymes and proteins as those present in your mouth to protect it naturally, and it is clinically proven to give you strong teeth, healthy gums and fresh breath for up to 12 hours.

Zendium is free from parabens, triclosan and SLS. It respects your mouth’s delicate tissues and it has a mild flavour, suitable if you suffer from morning sickness or find strong flavours overpowering

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