Pregnancy causes the estrogen levels in your body to spike. The fluctuation in hormones leaves your mouth more prone to bacterial infection and gum disease. If you wear a dental device like a dental implant, then this can cause bacteria buildup around the implant. Excessive bacteria around your dental implant can weaken the gum tissue that it uses as a foundation. This may cause your dental implant to fall out during your pregnancy. If the bacteria buildup continues around your dental implant and gum line then this will eventually result in severe forms of gum disease. As a result, it is extra important to practice good dental hygiene during this time. This can be done by adding a few natural mouthwashes to your daily oral care routine.
Cranberries contain a large source of antioxidants that help to flush toxins from the body. The plant also has antibacterial properties that are often used to help treat tooth decay and oral infections. In order to create your own cranberry mouthwash from home, add a spoonful of cranberry powder to a cup of hot water. Mix the powder into the water for a few minutes until it fully dissolves. Once the mixture cools, use the mouthwash to cleanse your gums and around your dental implant. Hold the rinse in your mouth for several minutes before rinsing with warm water. Use the mouthwash immediately after meals in order to ensure that you are able to limit bacteria growth.
Hibiscus is a staple in gardens because of its vibrant colors and gentle aroma. However, the real beauty lies in the plant's antibacterial properties. These properties are what make the flower a commonly used ingredient in herbal teas. It is effective in reducing infection both externally and internally. Hibiscus can be transformed into a mouthwash by soaking a few spoonfuls of the dried herb in a small bowl of hot water. Place the bowl to the side and allow it to soak for a few hours. Once ready, use the mouthwash to cleanse your mouth and focus it at the base of your dental implant. Move the rinse throughout your entire mouth for a few minutes before spitting it out.
It is important to take care of your dental implants during pregnancy as they are more susceptible to infection during this time. Therefore, use these mouthwashes to help keep your dental implant bacteria-free during pregnancy. Contact a family dentist like Scott Brenner, DDS for more ideas on how to take better care of your mouth during pregnancy.