Oral Health During Pregnancy
When you are pregnant there are many physical changes that occur, this includes the effects on your teeth, gums, and your entire oral health. There are ways to deal with each of these cases and cater to each concern you have during pregnancy – they begin with regular preventative dental care.
It has been known for overgrowth of tissue or tumors to grow on the gums during pregnancy. If you are not taking good care of your teeth and gums, you will be more likely to develop them in the 2nd trimester. There tumors will bleed when you brush them, so you will want to see your dentist to have them removed.
Pregnancy gingivitis occurs in almost half of all pregnant women, this when there is inflammation of the gums in response to plaque accumulation. Keeping up with your regular dental care will minimize your chances developing gingivitis.
Your teeth may become slightly looser when you’re pregnant, but have no fear, it’s only temporary. After your baby is born, you will notice a tightening up of your gums and teeth.
With your changing hormones, unique and sporadic food cravings, and the increase in acidity, you are more prone to cavity development during pregnancy.
During pregnancy, you will likely experience morning sickness, reflux, or hyperemesis gravidarum which leads to excessive vomiting. The acid that comes up after vomiting will wear away at your teeth, so it is important to rinse your mouth out after each occurrence. If you brush your teeth after, make sure your rinse out the acid beforehand.
There are ways you can reduce the risks of oral health issues throughout your pregnancy:
- Make sure you commit to your 6-month cleanings, x-rays, and exams
- Eat less sugar and maintain a well-balanced diet
- Make sure you brush at least twice a day and flossing once. Brushing after each meal would be even better
If you have questions on how your dental health can impact your pregnancy, contact us today!