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During your pregnancy, be prepared for changes in your mouth


Finding out that you are pregnant is one of life's greatest joys. However, in addition to changes to the outside of your body that will occur, you should also be prepared for adjustments you'll need to make when it comes to your oral hygiene.

Morning sickness is quite common in women who are expecting, and the nausea and vomiting that is associated with this condition can wreak havoc on the pH balance inside your mouth. As such, it's important to be properly prepared. Sources like Crest.com recommend packing and carrying an emegency travel kit with you at all times.

In this kit, you may want to include:

1) Dark plastic bags that don't contain holes (such as those you are given at a supermarket)

2) Pre-packaged wet napkins that can be used to clean your face.

3) A bottle of water that can be used to cleanse your mouth

4) A travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste to eliminate stomach acid on your teeth

It's also important to note that you may experience another condition called dysgeusia which is related to changing tastebuds that may leave you with an odd or unpleasant taste in your mouth.

To alleviate  these symptoms, you should:

1) Brush your teeth frequently and gargle with a combination of baking soda and water. This will help counteract uneven pH levels in your mouth.

2) Add lemon to water, sip on beverages that contain citrus or suck on lemon hard candies.

3) If there is a metallic taste in your mouth, use plastic utensils

Of course if you have any questions, don't wait to contact your family dentist. He or she can advise you on ways to keep your mouth and teeth healthy during your pregnancy and address any concerns you may have.