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How to Take Care of Your Teeth and Gums While Pregnant

Pregnancy by far is the most important aspect of being a woman and that being said care needs to be at the utmost priority. Dental health should not be neglected while pregnant because it can give you some ugly affects on your oral health as well as it is infectious to your baby.

So how do you take care of your teeth and oral health while pregnant?

The key for maintaining health teeth and gums is to brush frequently. VERY frequently. Flossing is also a must.

Before or after your pregnancy, please visit your dentist at frequent intervals.

Discuss the effects of pregnancy on your dental health and it’s precautions with your dentist.

take care teeth pregnant 150x150 How to Take Care of Your Teeth and Gums While PregnantBefore planning the baby you need to attend to some dental necessity which will lower the harmful effects in future. Ask your dentist.

Vomiting & nausea are very common during pregnancy & repetitive vomiting leaves acid in your face, which crumbles the tooth enamel so very frequently rinse your mouth (with the help of water).

Maintain a healthy diet. This is for you and for your baby’s teeth development.

Stop smoking and drinking. You know this right?

Say no to sweets as well like chocolates. This increases the chances of tooth decay.

What Causes Teeth Staining?

When it comes to teeth staining there are only two categories for it, these are intrinsic staining and extrinsic staining.

Extrinsic stains appears on the surface of your teeth. This is a result of foods and cigar (smoking), dark-colored beverages such as red wine and routine wear and tear. The one called superficial extrinsic stains are minor which can be removed by simply brushing your teeth and prophylactic dental cleaning. The one that needs to be cleaned though with more time and effort are the stubborn extrinsic stains, these stains needs teeth bleaching. Persistent extrinsic stains can penetrate into the dentin and become ingrained if they are not dealt with early.

Intrinsic stains are formed in the interior of the teeth. The usual cause of having an intrinsic stains are aging, trauma, exposure to minerals like tetracycline during tooth formation and excessive fluoride ingestion. It was believed in the past that intrinsic stains can not be corrected anymore by tooth bleaching. But today’s study shows that a supervised over-the-counter teeth whitening that is maintained over a matter of months (or even a year) can be totally removed according to most cosmetic dentistry experts.

yellow teeth What Causes Teeth Staining? Causes of Tooth / Teeth Staining

  • Age
  • Starting color (inborn tooth color)
  • Eating habits
  • Smoking habits
  • Drugs/Chemicals (excessive fluoride)
  • Teeth grinding
  • Trauma (injuries)

How to remove teeth stains?

You can simply try some of these options and feel free to share which ones work for you.

Teeth Whitening: Tooth Bleaching or Tooth Bonding?

Teeth Whitening Approach

A regular visit to a dentist or dental hygienist to clean your teeth is more than enough to have a white teeth and a perfect smile but for some people who just can’t be satisfied by cleaning alone then a tooth whitening or tooth bonding may be a better solution.

Tooth Bleaching

This is the most common way of whitening the teeth. Either you have a dentist do it for you or get home buy some OTC teeth whitening kits and do it yourself. The side effect, sensitivity but not for long.

Many tooth whitening kits prescribed by dentists today contain a solution of 10-15% carbamide peroxide. When done under the supervision of your dentist, at-home teeth whitening is very effective.

Tooth Bonding

It uses porcelains or composite resins/veneers to cover the surface of the stained teeth and give it a nice, even appearance to broken or misshapen teeth. One of the two teeth bonding techniques can be done.

Composite Bondingtooth bonding before and after 300x155 Teeth Whitening: Tooth Bleaching or Tooth Bonding?

This is done by slightly reducing the front teeth to prevent bulky-ness when the veneers is applied. Microscopic grooves are then etched into the tooth surface with a mild acid. A composite resin matched to the color of the surrounding teeth is applied to the tooth, contoured into shape, set using a curing light, and finally smoothed and polished.

Veneer Bonding

This is made to match the shape and color of your teeth. Much stronger veneers will be porcelains while composite veneers are less expensive. With porcelain veneers, the dentist takes an impression of the tooth and sends it to the dental lab for fabrication of the veneer, usually after the front of the tooth has been reduced.

Can Newly Whitened Teeth Stain?

Of course. Any tooth can stain, even if you have the veneers and bonds mentioned here. To help prevent stains from coming back just, avoid smoking, coffee, tea, red wine and heavily colored foods. And brush your teeth at least twice or thrice a day with a teeth whitening toothpaste.

Porcelain veneer is expensive but it gives you a better color match to your whole teeth and would typically it lasts for 8-10 years. Not bad. Tooth Bleaching on the other hand requires time and effort to achieve your desired result and the process needs to be repeated if needed. It usually last 2-3 years.

Note: Teeth whitening gel works very well too. Click here for more info.

What is the Best Toothpaste for Kids?

Every parents dilemma is making their child brush their teeth. Almost every child hates it. My child even fakes his tooth brushing by running the water in the faucet, gargling and closing the cabinet just to send an impression that he brushed his teeth. He even wet the bristles before leaving the bathroom, clever huh? But what do you think they hate it? Actually there’s one thing that makes brushing hard for kids, it’s the toothpaste. Yep, you heard me. It is the toothpaste. Let’s face it, we adults can handle the mint and coolness of the toothpaste but for the kids? It was simply too hot for them. Do you think they are just exaggerating? Apparently not.

The best toothpaste is one that your child will actually use.

A lot has been said already about major toothpaste brands that contains unnecessary ingredients that you don’t actually want to be in your kid’s mouth. Other chemicals including dyes make some toothpastes lose their quality. On the other side, those thing you call natural toothpaste tastes like crap, which gives you the question, “How good is healthy toothpaste if it never gets any use?”

The secret is finding a toothpaste that they like.

This is tough, time consuming and a  lot of money (not really) is involved. You need to buy several toothpastes with different brands and flavors until you see what they really like to take. I tell you, there’s actually one out there. Just make sure to check the label because some of them have flouride. Yes, fluoride is bad for your little kid’s teeth. For us adult, fluoride helps fight tooth decay.

Don’t force them to use one they don’t like.

This is a no brainer. If they don’t really like the toothpaste you gave them then don’t force them to use all of it before letting them to try another one.  It will make you look like a jerk and an idiot. You ask why you would look like a jerk by forcing them? C’mon,  you’re forcing them to use something they don’t like, and you’re doing it without any good reason. Toothpastes doesn’t cost that much and it’s not like you don’t have any options left. There are literally a dozen of brands and flavors of toothpastes you can choose from. If you don’t know, some children have very sensitive gums and mouth and some toothpastes do really burn. Would you also use an entire tube of your toothpaste if you hate it? Better go out and buy something else.

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Toothbrushes Matter, Too!

  1. For sensitive mouths, use extra soft bristles.
  2. Make it a habit of replacing them at least once a month. Had bristles can be deterrent when it comes time to brushing teeth.
  3. Cartoon characters and colorful brushes are fun for kids. They do help motivate your kids to brush.
  4. If your kid has a small mouth then use a extra small toothpaste. This is often overlook.