When you’re looking after everybody else, it’s easy to ignore your own oral health. With Mother’s Day this month, it’s the ideal opportunity to focus on your dental health. Often making a few simple changes will reduce your risk of dental problems including gum disease and tooth decay. During pregnancy, it’s even more critical to look after your oral care because hormonal changes can increase the risk of dental disease. Listed below are a few simple tips that take no time at all to follow.
- Drink more water and keep a refillable bottle with you when you are out and about.
- Pack a toothbrush and dental floss in your handbag or in the car so you can freshen up wherever you are.
- When you need a snack, choose cheese or keep a stock of washed and prepared fruits and vegetables.
- Using a fluoride mouth rinse at night will give your teeth a little extra protection.
- If you do drink something sugary, use a straw to minimize contact with your teeth. These days you can buy environmentally friendly, reusable straws.
- When you can’t brush, or floss, chew sugar-free gum with xylitol and which helps to kill disease-causing bacteria.