Did you know that pregnancy can actually lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and other dental problems? Here’s what to look for in a pregnancy-safe toothpaste to ensure good oral health.
Pregnancy often makes a woman more cautious of her diet and more conscious of the products she’s using. However, oral health isn’t always a top priority of some moms because of the many myths about how safe dental care is during pregnancy. What are these myths? Well, for one there are sayings one’s oral health doesn’t affect the baby in the first place or that pregnant woman should avoid getting dental work.
However, a study revealed that dental care is actually much more important during pregnancy and breastfeeding. This is because pregnancy brings about hormonal changes that make them more vulnerable to dental problems such as gingivitis. Meanwhile, cavities or tooth decay is typically brought about by a pregnant woman’s new eating habits and in some cases, because of nausea and vomiting, which can affect oral hygiene.
If you’re pregnant, it’s never too late to start paying attention to your teeth and gums. How can you ensure good dental habits? Here are some of the things that you can do:
- Brush your teeth thoroughly
- Floss daily
- Eat a balanced diet
- Visit your dentist regularly
How To Choose A Pregnancy-Safe Toothpaste
If you want to be cautious about the products you use to maintain oral health, it’s time to pay attention to the ingredients in your favourite toothpaste. Here, we’ve rounded up the ingredients to avoid and other tips to choosing a pregnancy-safe toothpaste.
1. Make sure it does not contain SLS
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS is what makes toothpaste foam. But did you know that it irritates the skin and eyes, and even cause birth defects? It also increases the chances of getting canker sores in those prone to them. As such, it’s important to be on the safe side and avoid this chemical when looking for a pregnancy-safe toothpaste.
2. Make sure it’s Triclosan-free
Triclosan is an antibacterial chemical that fights gingivitis and gum disease. It’s added to products such as soap, body wash, detergent, and toothpaste. However, triclosan has been found to reduce the level of thyroid hormones, which are important in a fetus’ growth and development.
3. Make sure it has no artificial colours
While its only purpose is to make products look more attractive, artificial colours can have a negative effect on children. According to studies, artificial colours and dyes are linked to a child’s neurological development including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
4. Choose non-fluoride
Although it’s known to help prevent cavities, fluoride can be dangerous to pregnant women when ingested in excessive amounts. Several studies have revealed that it can cause lower IQ and hyperactivity. In addition, it can also worsen nausea in some pregnant women.
Discover a Pregnancy-Safe Toothpaste in Mama’s Choice Non-Fluoride Toothpaste
Free from fluoride, SLS, and triclosan, Mama’s Choice Non-Fluoride Toothpaste is a 100% pregnancy-safe toothpaste. Created with only your wellbeing in mind, our toothpaste contains natural ingredients such as miswak, mint leaves and chlorophyll. Together, they soothe inflamed gums, combat bacterial growth, and protect against cavities.
Miswak, which promotes deep cleaning, is known for its antibacterial properties. It also helps prevent the growth of bacteria, fights tooth decay and cavities, and protects against plaque. You will also find allantoin in our non-fluoride toothpaste. Extracted from chamomile, wheat sprouts, and sugar beets, it soothes the gums and protects the teeth from acid erosion.
Chlorophyll is also infused in our toothpaste. Naturally green, it lends our toothpaste its green hue while providing fresh breath together with mint. Even better, it’s enriched with calcium to protect your teeth and gums.
Mild but effective, Mama’s Choice Non-Fluoride Toothpaste is indeed the right choice not only for pregnant mums but for everyone who wants a safer and more natural option to maintaining good oral health.
Hanna of Mama's Choice
A mama of one energetic toddler, Hanna likes to read books, watch baking shows, and play video games when her little one is asleep.