October Newsletter 2014
Maintaining oral health before, during, and after pregnancy
Congratulations – you are expecting a baby! It's an exciting time with much to keep you busy, but it is important not to neglect dental care. Remember, your oral wellness can also affect the health of your developing fetus.

If you are planning a family, try to schedule a checkup before you conceive. Have teeth professionally cleaned and get gum disease (if any) under control, as it may worsen during pregnancy. Address other issues that might require anesthetic. It's best to avoid dental treatment during the first trimester and second half of the third trimester, which are critical stages in baby's development.

Tell your dentist when you become pregnant, and explain the names and dosages of any medications you are taking. Delay x-rays until after delivery except in the case of a dental emergency. Don't skip regular exam appointments, and maintain excellent home oral hygiene. Ask your dentist to recommend a bland-tasting toothpaste if your regular brand triggers morning sickness. Brush or use a mouth rinse after vomiting. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and reduce sugary snacks.

After the happy day arrives, schedule an appointment with your dentist to evaluate periodontal health, and catch up any postponed treatments.
Overpowering oral bacteria
Power toothbrushes, rechargeable or battery operated, are wildly popular today. They make it easier for children, seniors, and those with disabilities to brush thoroughly, and frankly they are fun to use. It is estimated that power models now dominate about 25 percent of the toothbrush market. Beware, however, of the potential for bacteria contamination in some styles.

A recent study at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry revealed that hollow-head toothbrushes for power units retain significantly more bacteria than solid head brushes. The research, documented in the Journal of Dental Hygiene, was conducted over a three week period. Subjects brushed twice a day using similar toothpastes and flossing frequency, but randomly selected toothbrush heads.

Brush heads were exposed to five types of oral microorganisms. Nine out of ten hollow-head brushes showed significantly higher microbial counts compared to the solid head brushes.

It should be noted that at this time there is no definitive proof that bacterial growth on your toothbrush leads to health problems. However, a number of individual microorganisms are linked to systemic diseases. Why take the chance? Use a solid head toothbrush, give it a daily swish in antibacterial mouth rinse, and replace it about every three months.
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