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Despite having a dentist in the family and actually aspiring to become one myself when I was a child admiring the work my auntie did very much, I had no idea how becoming a mum would effect the overall health of my mouth. It is a well-known fact that during pregnancy and in the months after giving birth your immune system is affected and this can cause problems when it comes to looking after your gums and teeth as well.

So what can you do? Firstly, make sure you keep up with your dental visits, which are free while you are pregnant and in the first year of your child’s life. Your dentist can best advice on what steps you need to take to keep your mouth in tip top shape. It doesn’t have to be a scary experience either. Visit a clinic like The Old Spire set in an old church and you have plenty of beauty to look at to take your mind of things. I know it can be overwhelming with everything that goes on as a new parent, but this is important. It’s estimated that poor dental hygiene can take 10 years off of your life!


Secondly, invest in a good tooth brush. A lot of dentists recommend an electric one and even though some a very pricey you can find great deals in the sales on top brands. Brush your teeth morning and night and try to floss, too. There’s also new hygienist at home systems on the market now, which means you can achieve that dental clean feeling in between your trips to the hygienist.

I often find that I can physically feel the lack of sleep in my teeth and gums, so naturally try to catch up when possible. We all know that our little ones often don’t allow us, but a good night’s sleep will do wonders for your health in general. Caspian currently hates having his teeth brushed which makes it a bit of a struggle especially in the evenings when he’s tired, but we try and make it fun for him and brush our teeth with him, so that he can copy us.

What are your best tips to keeping your mouth and teeth healthy?

NB! Please be aware that I’m not a healthcare professional and if you are experiencing any issue with your dental health seek advice from your dentist.