Dental Health During Pregnancy & Steripod Giveaway!!!
Did you know when you get pregnant, you’re more susceptible to gum disease and cavities? Sometimes one of the first signs of pregnancy is sore gums. Because progesterone levels rise during pregnancy, your gums have a different response to plaque bacteria and a lot more plaque is built up than normal. Your gums may be more puffy and red and even bleed.
I definitely had more bleeding when I was pregnant with my twins and noticed more inflammation in my gums. If the plaque builds up it can lead to infection, which is definitely scary during pregnancy. Poor dental hygiene can be linked to premature births and problems with the baby’s development.
Here are some things you should do during pregnancy to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong:
Schedule an extra trip to your dentist: It’s important to stay on top of your dental health and to get a really good cleaning and check up. Since your gums are much more sensitive during pregnancy, you should schedule an extra trip to the dentist so he or she can keep on top of things. I went three times during the year of my pregnancy to have my teeth cleaned to prevent gingivitis.
Floss twice a day: Flossing is the sure fire way to remove food from in between the teeth and keep the gums healthy. You should floss twice a day when pregnant in the morning and evening. Make sure to remove any debris in the teeth and rinse well afterwards.
Brush twice a day: When you brush make sure you go in circular motions around the gums and behind the teeth as well as in front. Spend at least two minutes brushing; some dentists recommend up to five minutes. Don’t forget to also brush your tongue.
Consider an electric toothbrush: Electric toothbrushes can be worth the investment because they massage your gums while you brush. Most also have a timer as well to make sure you brush long enough. You really notice a difference after using an electric toothbrush for a few months.
Store your toothbrush properly: Did you know your toothbrush can have more germs than your toilet? It’s important to store your toothbrush upright, away from the toilet and also consider using a toothbrush cover. I absolutely love Steripod toothbrush protectors, which use a vapor shield of thymol to protect your toothbrush. Steripod protectors fit most standard and electric toothbrushes and keeps them smelling fresh and clean for up to three months. You can use them when you travel as well. I love to throw it in my gym bag or use them when I travel. They’re perfect for use at home or on-the-go.
Even if you’re not expecting, all of these rules apply to you as well. Poor dental hygiene can lead to heart disease and even stroke. Enter to WIN a year’s supply of Steripod for a family of four (16 pods) by leaving a comment below and following me @kristinmcgee and Steripod on Instagram @getsteripod.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!