Women’s Oral Health
Tips to prevent oral health problems
Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
Floss your teeth at least once a day
Visit your dentist and the hygiene department twice a year for a thorough examination and a professional cleaning.
Eat a well-balanced diet
Avoid sugary or starchy snacks
Brushing plays a critical role in removing the plaque that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. How often you brush, how long you brush for, the kind of technique and toothbrush you use all have an impact on the effectiveness of your brushing. Dental reflections Hygiene department are always happy to assist you in what you need to maintain a healthy mouth.
If you’re solely relying on brushing, you’re not cleaning a large portion of your teeth effectively. Nearly half of the surface area of your teeth lies between them. Flossing can help remove the plaque from in between your teeth, which assists in the prevention of gum disease, tooth decay and ‘bad breath’ Flossing your teeth daily for just a couple of minutes will help ensure a healthy mouth. Our lovely ladies in our hygiene department would be more than happy to teach you the right flossing technique.
Oral health and pregnancy
You may find your gums are more swollen and sensitive during pregnancy, they might bleed and can be quite painful to brush and floss, this condition is known as “pregnancy gingivitis” and is a result of the changes in your hormones. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make gums more sensitive to the bacteria found in plaque which can impact your oral health. Hormones will mean your gums are more susceptible to inflammation and infection so it’s important to maintain good oral health during pregnancy, regular examinations and professional cleaning are a must to prevent irreversible damage to your teeth and gums during this time.
Morning sickness is beyond your control but it is important to know that vomiting is very acidic to your teeth and can cause irreversible damage, known as dental erosion. Dental erosion can make your teeth more susceptible to sensitivity and can accelerate decay. It is important to remember DO NOT brush your teeth for at least 1 hour after vomiting.
Tips for after a bout of morning sickness
Rinse your mouth a couple times with a solution of ¼ teaspoon of baking soda mixed into 1 cup of warm water.
Chew sugar-free gum
Eat acid-neutralising food such as milk, cheese or yoghurt
If you’re planning on becoming pregnant having a healthy mouth before is the best way to continue easy dental visits through your pregnancy. Having a healthy mouth is also linked to your child having good oral health.
Bleeding gums are a sign that your gums are inflamed due to disease –causing bacteria. Ignoring bleeding which results from brushing and flossing mean you could stand a real risk of developing a serious form of gum disease. Plaque is largely responsible for the development of gum disease, the health of your gums can also be affected by smoking, genetic predisposition, systemic diseases like diabetes and arthritis, stress and poor nutrition or hormonal fluctuations such as those experienced during puberty, pregnancy, menstruation and menopause.