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Keeping Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy

dentist in CypressA mother’s oral health can affect children even before birth. Children learn most of their lifelong oral health habits from those taught by their parents. During pregnancy, however, a mother’s oral health can be impacted by the pregnancy itself, through hormonal changes, as well as have an impact on the birth of the baby. Even if the mother is somewhat lax regarding checkups and cleanings, expectant mothers should visit their dentist at least once every six months, which is typically two visits during pregnancy.

Part of caring for the growing baby involves caring for oneself. Taking prenatal vitamins and other physician-recommended supplements could help ensure the expectant mother is receiving vital nutrients to support the baby’s development. A nutritious, well-balanced and somewhat scheduled diet will also help in the development of the baby and the mother’s continued health. Most physicians recommend a diet low in excess sugar and low in unhealthy, unnecessary fats to ensure the mother’s pregnancy weight-gain is stable and healthy for both her and her baby.

Daily routine at-home dental care will play a huge role in the oral health of expectant mothers. True for all patients, the gums should not easily bleed or swell from chewing, eating, flossing, or brushing. If any swelling or bleeding of the gums is noted, it should be discussed with our dentist as soon as possible. Expectant mothers should floss their teeth at least once a day, and if only flossing once daily it should be done at night before brushing. The teeth should be brushed at least twice daily, using a fluoride-based dentist-approved toothpaste to reduce plaque and tartar buildup, cavities, and gum disease.

Morning sickness doesn’t plague every expectant mother, but when it does, it may last for a very short length of time or the length of the pregnancy. If the morning sickness includes vomiting, avoid the urge to brush teeth immediately after as this can weaken enamel from the increased acids in the mouth. Instead, it is recommended that the mother rinse her mouth with a mixture of 1-cup cool or lukewarm water and 1-teaspoon of baking soda. The baking soda mixture will help reduce acids in the mouth quickly, and although it doesn’t taste too appetizing, it can preserve teeth and protect the mother’s oral health during pregnancy.

Any concerns about the health of teeth and gums should be discussed early in the pregnancy with our dentist to ensure the best success at keeping the mouth and overall body healthy. For more information on pregnancy and oral health, call our office and set up an appointment with our caring dental team today!

Dental Veneers: A Versatile Cosmetic Treatment Option

veneers CypressImproving smiles for greater satisfaction and confidence is easier than many patients believe possible. With modern cosmetic techniques, such as dental veneers, the teeth and smile can improve almost instantly with natural-looking results that last. The custom-made enhancements are perfectly sized and shaped to fit individual patients’ teeth, usually covering and enhancing only the front teeth that are visible in a large or exaggerated smile. Individual teeth can also be enhanced, improving the look of a single chipped, broken, or uneven tooth for a better smile.

After consulting with our cosmetic dentist, the patient is typically offered a range of treatment options. This allows for the opportunity to select the treatment that best suits a patient’s needs and budget, without compromising results. When veneers are selected, impressions of the patient’s teeth are taken to develop molds for making the custom enhancements. Usually made of porcelain and glazed for a durable, natural tooth-like appearance, a single enhancement piece is made for each tooth and designed to fit just over the occlusal (biting) edge of the tooth, and concealing the front surface up to the gumline.

A tooth with a chipped, broken, or missing piece can be “filled” with a custom-made enhancement in this same manner. When the impressions are taken, the missing or damaged part of the tooth is noted and porcelain is used to fill in the empty space, making the finished, enhanced tooth appear whole again. The same process can be used to close minor gaps between front teeth. For example, simply extending the sides of enhancements intended for neighboring teeth. Once applied, the enhancements conceal a wide variety of cosmetic defects, damages, and imperfections or impurities, including some discoloration or staining.

The use of porcelain veneers is considered non-reversible, because the teeth are prepared for the attached enhancements with modest filing or sanding. This filing is considerably less than that associated with some other cosmetic treatment options, making it preferable for many patients that qualify as good candidates. To learn more about smile-enhancing treatment options for specific needs and budgets, contact our experienced cosmetic dentistry team at 281-256-6866 today!