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Did you know pregnancy can take a toll on your smile and oral health? Well, it’s true, which is why our Derek M. Lichter, DDS, Inc. dental team encourages you to do all you can to keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape while you wait for your little one to arrive. In order to take good care of your smile, we recommend doing the following things:

Keep up on oral hygiene: It’s important to clean your smile regularly. So, make sure you brush your teeth twice a day, floss your smile once a day, and rinse your mouth daily. Doing these things can keep your teeth and gums clean and pristine and can also prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Eat a balanced diet: Having a balanced and healthy diet is vital for your teeth during pregnancy. So, please do your best to eat enough fruits and vegetables and avoid snacking throughout the day. If this is difficult because of morning sickness, feel free to talk to Dr. Derek M. Lichter and ask for any tips he might have.

Visit your dentist: It’s vital that you visit Dr. Derek M. Lichter every six months for a dental cleaning and exam. This is because the bacteria that cause gum disease are bolstered during pregnancy. So, it’s important that you remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums so you don’t fall victim to gum disease. Also, please remember to mention your pregnancy to our dental team when you come into our office.

Control your smile’s exposure to acid: Unfortunately, stomach acid can wear away your tooth enamel and cause tooth decay and tooth sensitivity. This is why it’s important to rinse your mouth with water mixed with a teaspoon of baking soda after you throw up. Please don’t brush your teeth for at least a half an hour after exposing your teeth to acid.

Doing these things can help you maintain a top-notch smile and oral health while you’re pregnant in Chula Vista, California. So, please do your best to stay on top of these provided tips. For more information, tips, and details, please remember that you can always call our office at 619.591.8945. Our dental team is here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your phone call!