Pregnancy can be an exciting time, and while you have so much to plan for, your oral health may be one of the last things you’re thinking about. However, during pregnancy, it’s more important than ever to pay close attention to your dental health.
Changes to Oral Health During Pregnancy
For expectant mums experiencing the dreaded morning sickness, you may be surprised to hear that you are far more likely to also experience toothaches in pregnancy – in comparison to those without regular morning sickness.
This is because the enamel begins to weaken when stomach acids are left on the surfaces of the teeth. Something that can reduce the likelihood of toothache in pregnancy is to regularly use acid-neutralising toothpaste to effectively eliminate stomach acids in the mouth that contribute to tooth erosion.
Hormone changes during pregnancy can affect your oral health, and many pregnant women notice that their gums are red, inflamed and sometimes bleed when they brush their teeth. The swelling and inflamed gums are referred to as ‘pregnancy gingivitis’ and can start as soon as the second month of pregnancy.
The hormone progesterone can be around 10 times higher than normal during pregnancy, affecting the body’s response to toxins as a result of plaque build-up. Women are therefore more susceptible to developing periodontal disease when these hormonal fluctuations occur.
Some women also experience a growth on their gums known as a pregnancy granuloma which are red nodules usually found on the upper gums. While they are not dangerous, they can cause discomfort. Other oral health problems may include tooth erosion as a result of constant exposure to acid from severe morning sickness.
Dry mouth is another major complaint but can be easily remedied by drinking plenty of water and using sugarless candies to stimulate saliva flow.
Dental Check-Ups During Pregnancy
If you are pregnant, we recommend that you come to the practice for a thorough check-up so we can help you to have a healthy and happy pregnancy.
With many dental changes during pregnancy, it’s important to understand the problems your body and mouth may face during pregnancy and undertake the correct dental care to avoid these issues from occurring or having a long-term effect.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments During Pregnancy
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