How Can I Take Care Of My Teeth During Pregnancy?
- Brush at least Twice a Day, Three times is better. Most Dentists recommend using Toothpaste with Fluoride to protect your mouth from cavities, which you are more prone to during pregnancy. However, there is controversy about whether it is healthy for your baby. So I have listed some resources below about pros and cons of using fluoride. Personally I am mostly using toothpaste without fluoride and 2-3 times a week toothpaste with fluoride.
- Floss your teeth daily. This is something my Dentist has always got on about with me. How important it is in order to get the food out from between your teeth which can cause plaque build up, loss of enamel and cavities.
- Nightly mouthwash rinse to help protect your mouth against plaque and gum disease. I suggest an organic non toxic mouth rinse down below.
- Make a routine check up and cleaning with the dentist during your pregnancy. If you have cavities they tend not to take care of them till after the pregnancy. However, it is a good practice to get checked out, see how your teeth and gums are looking and get a cleaning.
- Drink Water. Water does a lot of good for our body. Dry mouth can cause cavities and gum problems. So something as simple as drinking enough water can help to keep your mouth moisturised. It is best to cut down on the sugary drinks, which contribute to tooth decay.
- What to do if you have morning sickness and have thrown up? Stomach acid can do a number on your teeth. Try rinsing with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water to stop the acid from attacking your teeth.
- Make sure you are eating a healthy balanced diet. The better foods you eat the better shape your body, baby and your teeth will be in. Obviously sugary foods, ice cream, baked goods, candy… all these foods will eat away at your teeth and you will probably end up with cavities if your not careful. I’m not saying it’s easy because believe me I have a sweet tooth. But that is the reality.
Is Fluoride Safe To Use During Pregnancy?
Sodium Fluoride is a 5 on the EWG Hazard Scale (low hazard 1 to high hazard 10). Click here to read EWG description of Fluoride. I am reducing my use of Fluoride during my pregnancy. However I am planning to use Tom’s Toothpaste with Fluoride a couple times a week. This is because it is said to work well as anti-cavity prevention. When you are pregnant you are already more likely to get cavities and gum disease. Also some people are more prone to cavities than others… like me.
However it seems that fluoride has the potential to cause issues to your unborn baby as well, depending how much is in your system.
Here are some resources to learn more about Fluoride during pregnancy:
- High fluoride levels in pregnancy may lower offspring IQ by medicalnewstoday.com
- Pregnancy Oral Health: Is Fluoride Safe? by healthypregnancy.com
- Fluoride and Pregnancy by fluoridealert.org
- EWG’s take on Fluoride.
- Article by Evolving Wellness called “Why I will never use fluoride toothpaste again.”
- Here is an article about pros and cons of fluoride: “The Great Debate: Should We All Switch to a Fluoride-Free Toothpaste?”
About This List
Here I have listed Oral Care Products that are safe and healthy for use during pregnancy and nursing. There are so many ingredients that we want to avoid which can be harmful to ourselves and our baby. These oral care products listed below, I’ve researched about through the EWG, (Environmental Working Group) to find the safest options.
For More information on determining what is safe or not check out my Essential Guide To Safe Personal Care Products During Pregnancy
I am currently using Tom’s of Maine Anti-plaque and whitening fluoride free toothpaste, from this list. I have included a little review about it below the product.
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I will be updating this page as I review the products I try out and as I find other products I think you would like.
Tom’s of Maine Antiplaque and Whitening Fluoride-Free Toothpaste, Peppermint (Affiliate) EWG Scale 1
This is the toothpaste that I am currently using daily. It leaves my breath fresh. It doesn’t have fluoride. From what I have read and researched about fluoride… it has benefits and risks. I am reducing my fluoride intake for now while pregnant and breastfeeding.
Dr. Brite Toothpaste (Affiliate) EWG Verified Product Scale 1
Tom’s of Maine Whole Care with Fluoride Natural Toothpaste Gel, Spearmint (Affiliate) EWG Scale 2
This product has fluoride but is still low on the EWG scale for those that still want to keep using fluoride. I suggest looking and pros and cons and then deciding which is best for you.
Dr. Brite Mouthwash (Affiliate) EWG Verified Product Scale 1
I hope that this list helps you find some oral care products you like which are also safe for your baby.
Have you already tried any products on this list? If so which ones and did you like it or not?