Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make you more vulnerable to the formation of plaque. Plaque can lead to inflammation and bleeding of the gums. This is called pregnancy gingivitis or pregnancy gum disease.
The best way to prevent pregnancy gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene, supported by a healthy diet. Pedro recommends the following oral hygiene tips to keep the teeth healthy during pregnancy:
A baby’s teeth first begin to develop in the womb. What you consume during your pregnancy has a direct impact on how healthy your child’s teeth will be. Of course, your child will need to develop their own dental habits eventually, but you can certainly give them a head-start by taking in enough Vitamin A, C and D, as well as calcium, protein and phosphorous.
The front teeth often feel a little sensitive and tender after having braces fitted or tightened, especially for the first couple of weeks. This is perfectly normal. It takes time for the teeth and mouth to get used to your braces. The wires put pressure on the teeth as they’re gradually pulled into their new, improved positions.
The tenderness will eventually disappear, but you can make the process easier by avoiding foods that could increase this discomfort.
Some of Pedro’s favourite brace-friendly foods include:
Chewing on anything hard can damage your braces. This includes bad habits like chewing on a pen or your fingernails. You will need to make a conscious effort to protect your braces for as long as you are wearing them.
Avoid eating very chewy, crunchy or hard foods like ice, nuts, hard sweets, corn on the cob, raw carrots, apples, gum, toffees and popcorn. Make wise choices to keep your braces and your teeth safe from damage.
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El Dr. Pedro es un ortodoncista especializado. Su práctica gira en torno a aparatos ortopédicos, aparatos ortopédicos y alineadores invisibles. Tiene mucha experiencia en el uso del sistema Damon y está certificado por Invisalign, Inman aligner y Harmony.
Publicó en revistas internacionales de ortodoncia (REO) y trabaja activamente en nuevas investigaciones. Ha completado cientos de casos y le gusta fotografiar cada caso para documentar las mejoras y la pasión que aporta a la apariencia de los pacientes.