The second and third trimesters are when baby teeth normally develop, so being aware of your food decisions and choosing the best foods during pregnancy will help your baby grow strong, healthy teeth. Please review the following tips to see how you can revise your diet for the better.
When you’re pregnant, watch out for foods high in sugar. Try to eat vegetables (lower in sugar), grains, lean proteins, and dairy. Of course sugar will always be crucial to good health, but too much sugar may wear away at the enamel of your teeth, leading to decay. Consider eating foods rich with folic acids, which lower your risk of birth defects. Strawberries, bananas, broccoli, oranges, asparagus, rice, breads, and peas are great sources of folic acid.
Just like it’s important to eat the right kinds of foods, you should also forego eating the wrong kinds of foods. Highly sugary foods are dangerous to your overall dental health because they cause plaque buildup, which may chip away at your enamel and lead to decay in your teeth. Candy, cakes, sugary cereals, and sugary drinks should all be avoided. When your teeth are plaque-free, they’ll remain healthy.
The last thing we’ll say on healthy eating is that there are appropriate and inappropriate ways to snack. Eating small snacks throughout the day can help you reduce motion sickness, vertigo, and nausea, but beware the plaque buildup that frequent snacking can cause. If you do choose to snack often, consider brushing your teeth often as well!
As many of the staff at Dental Center are parents, we understand how important your health and the baby’s health are during pregnancy. When you visit our office, Dr. Douglas B Ball will review all the do’s and don’ts of maintaining oral health during pregnancy, and we’ll make sure you leave our office with confidence and a bright smile. If you’re ready to schedule an appointment with our dental office in Orem, Utah, please call us now at 801.224.6165. We’ll see you soon!