Expecting a baby is an exciting time in a woman’s life. With it comes many changes in your body and emotions. One often overlooked aspect of pregnancy is how it may affect your oral health. Taking care of your teeth and gums is important during pregnancy. Watch out for dry mouth or bleeding gums. If you experience either one of these symptoms be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist.
Here are some of the most common conditions associated with pregnancy and oral health.
- Pregnancy gingivitis is a common complaint during pregnancy. An increased level of hormones can exaggerate how your gums react to the irritants in plaque. Remember it is the plaque, not the hormones which cause gingivitis, so it is important to keep up with your oral hygiene routine. Brush and floss twice a day and keep up with your regular dental checkups.
- Morning sickness increases the amount of acid in your mouth. If you experience morning sickness, rinse your mouth out with water or a fluoride mouthwash. This helps reduce the amount of acid in your mouth and prevents tooth decay.
- Dry mouth during pregnancy can put you at a greater risk for tooth decay and infection. Be sure to stay hydrated and chew sugarless gum if you experience dry mouth. Dry mouth can contribute to tooth decay and gingivitis.
- Some women find brushing their teeth during pregnancy makes them gag. If this happens use a soft brush and a flavored toothpaste you like. This may help calm the gag reflex and make brushing your teeth easier.
During pregnancy it is important to keep up with your regular checkups. It is safe to see the dentist during pregnancy and many dental procedures are perfectly safe during pregnancy.
If you have any questions about pregnancy and oral health, please contact or call us today.