09 May 17

Are you thinking about starting a family, or growing your existing brood?

Have you just found out you’re expecting?

Either way, congratulations – this is an exciting time, and one you’ll cherish for the rest of your life. We’re sure you also know it’s a vital time to look after yourself.

Although you may have considered things like enjoying a diet that’s rich in folic acid, keeping yourself hydrated and resting when you feel you need, there could be one critical element you didn’t realise may be affected ­– and would need special attention – in pregnancy: your oral health.

Why you should pay particular attention to your teeth in pregnancy It’s no secret that pregnancy is challenging on your body. But did you know that pregnancy hormones can make your teeth prone to attack from increased levels of acid associated with  dental plaque?

There’s no need to worry, though; dental treatment on the NHS is free for pregnant women, and remains free for a year after the birth of your little one. You just need to ask your GP for a certificate to prove your entitlement.

What’s more, there are plenty of simple ways you can keep your mouth protected at home. Six simple steps to better dental health in pregnancy Before pregnancy It’s a good idea to ensure you’re set up with optimal oral health before your pregnancy, giving you the best possible chance of maintaining a healthy mouth throughout. Plus, you’ve got plenty to smile about… so now’s the chance to make yours shine!

Make an appointment with your dentist

Your dentist will professionally clean your teeth, examine your gum tissue, and treat any existing dental-health problems you may have in advance of your pregnancy. If you’re already pregnant, don’t panic… it’s never too late to safeguard your teeth and gums.

During pregnancy We know you’ll have a lot on your mind over the next nine months, but it’s easy to incorporate an effective oral care regime into your busy schedule.

Tell your dentist that you’re pregnant

After you’ve seen your GP and got your Maternity Exemption Certificate, let your dentist know the good news! As a precautionary measure, and to avoid any unnecessary risk, it’s recommended that dental treatment is avoided during the first trimester (up to 12 weeks) and during the second half of the third trimester (in the last 6 to 8 weeks).

Keep them updated about your medication Be sure to tell your dentist the names and dosages of all medications you are taking throughout your pregnancy, including supplements, as well as any medical advice your GP has given you. They can then adjust your dental plan accordingly.

Avoid dental X-rays, amalgam (silver) fillings and mouthwash containing alcohol If X-rays are essential, for example in an emergency, your dentist will use caution.Keep attending your regular dental check-ups Make sure you avoid conditions such as periodontal disease and pregnancy gingivitis by continuing to visit your dentist, and monitoring any changes in your teeth and gums.

Follow good oral-hygiene practices

Brush regularly with a toothpaste like BioMin™F for complete peace of mind.

BioMin™F not only protects your teeth from the effects of increased level of plaque and more acidic environment you may experience during pregnancy, but may strengthen them too for better ongoing oral wellness.

Plus, it may reduce or even eliminate symptoms such as pain and sensitivity – providing welcome relief. After pregnancy Once your baby is here, you’ll be busy – but that shouldn’t mean neglecting your dental health. Continue to brush with BioMin™ F BioMinF offers complete care for your mouth, and is safe for your entire family to use… including your new arrival once their teeth have started to appear.