The second and third trimesters are when baby teeth normally develop, so being aware of your food decisions and choosing the best foods during pregnancy will help your baby grow strong, healthy teeth. Please review the following tips to see how you can revise your diet for the better.
As always, eating a variety of foods is still important during pregnancy. By eating many different foods, you will be helping you and your baby receive many different nutrients important for growth and vitality. You should do your best to eat foods lower in sugar, such as Greek yogurt, cheeses, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins. An important mineral to consume is folic acid, which decreases the risk of your child developing birth defects. Foods high in folic acid include asparagus, bananas, beans, bread, broccoli, cereals, leafy greens, peas, and rice are excellent natural sources of folic acid.
While you should place your efforts on eating healthy foods, remember to avoid foods with little to no nutritional value. Avoid sugary substances since they cause plaque buildup that can ware away your tooth enamel. Sodas, sports drinks, fruit juices, cakes, candies, cookies, and sugary cereals are foods you should watch out for. By reducing your sugar intake, you’ll keep your oral health strong during pregnancy.
Lastly, be cautious when snacking often during your pregnancy. Snacking is known to help reduce feelings of vertigo, nausea, and motion sickness for women who are pregnant, but excess snacking can cause plaque buildup, which leads to tooth decay.
If you’re ready to keep your mouth healthy during your pregnancy, please contact our dentist’s office in Lafayette, Louisiana; our staff at Barras Family Dentistry are trained to assist pregnant women. Dr. Brock Barras will go over the do’s and don’ts of dental health during pregnancy to help you stay confident that your mouth stays healthy and strong. Please call us now at (337) 443-4912 to schedule your next appointment.