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4 Things to Know Before Shopping for an Electric Toothbrush
- Sonic toothbrushes, which may deliver 30,000 strokes per minute or more
- Antimicrobial toothbrush heads, such as those with a silver component
- Ultrasonic toothbrushes, which create inaudible sound waves to clean your teeth
- Toothbrush heads specifically designed to clean around braces
- Develop a light touch. It’s easy to over-scour your teeth with such a powerful tool.
- Spend only a couple of seconds in each spot.
- If your gums bleed or feel irritated, back off.
- Your teeth are softer just after eating, so wait a half hour before you brush.
3 Mistakes Women Make During Pregnancy That Damage Their Teeth
1. Munching On Ice
Whether you are pregnant during the summer months or you have been experiencing hot flashes because of higher hormone levels, you might be tempted to munch on a glass of ice whenever you feel warm. The common desire to chew ice has been tied to the condition Pica, which commonly occurs during pregnancy.
While the tie between pregnancy and pica remains a mystery, some researchers suspect iron deficiency to be the culprit, especially since most women become mildly anemic during pregnancy. Unfortunately, chewing ice can be severely detrimental to the teeth, especially if you munch away on large cubes.
When you chew ice, you subject your teeth to extremely cold temperatures, which can create microscopic cracks in the surface of your dental enamel. Additionally, the sharp edges of recently chewed ice cubes can present laceration hazards to your inner cheeks and lips, thus creating cuts that can lead to dangerous oral infections.
Dental fractures are another common problem for ice-chewers, leaving people with chipped teeth and molars that are more susceptible to decay.
If you are pregnant and tend to crave ice, talk with your doctor about checking your iron levels and your dentist to see if you have sustained any injuries. If you have fractured teeth, your dentist might recommend composite resin bonding, a dental crown, and maybe even a root canal to save your tooth.
2. Frequent Snacking
Since pregnant women need more calories than other people and have continuously changing hormone levels, snack cravings are incredibly common. Although it might seem harmless to give in to that desire for a bowl of ice cream or a sandwich at two in the morning, around-the-clock snacking can exacerbate tooth decay.
Whenever you eat, the acidity of your saliva changes slightly, softening dental enamel. While most people give their teeth ample time to recover from this pH change by eating meals a few times a day, frequent snacking lay the groundwork for decay by creating the perfect environment for oral bacteria to dissolve dental enamel.
In addition to having food particulates handy for bacteria to munch on, the acids bacteria produce can dissolve enamel faster, since it has already been softened by acidic saliva.
If you are pregnant, try to limit your snacking frequency by eating more during the times you choose to dine. Additionally, focus on enjoying healthier snacks with lower sugar contents, which won’t affect oral acidity as much.
3. Skipping Routine Dental Care
Sometimes, pregnant women decide to skip dental appointments completely during their pregnancies because they are worried about the environmental exposure to certain substances during their visits. However, the American Dental Association and the American Pregnancy Association have both stated that routine, preventive, and even restorative dental care is safe and recommended during pregnancy.
In addition to helping women to prevent pregnancy-related gingivitis, normal checkups can help dentists to spot complicating health problems that doctors may have missed. For instance, over 120 different conditions like diabetes and heart disease can show symptoms in the mouth and can be detected during a routine exam, helping women to find out about serious health problems and treat them proactively.
Proper dental care during pregnancy is crucial you and your baby’s health, so schedule your next checkup today. Here at Loftin Dental Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, our entire team focuses on creating a comfortable experience for patients and their families, while simultaneously offering superior dental care. To book an appointment, give our office a call.