Pregnancy is an exciting time for expectant mothers; along with the excitement also comes many changes such as hormonal and digestive changes. These changes can directly have an impact on your teeth and gums.
It is important to continue with your regular dental visits while pregnant, as it is not only safe but recommended. We have outlined some common dental issues during pregnancy and how to prevent them.
Three common dental concerns during pregnancy include:
This form of gum disease can be triggered by hormonal changes, which is observed in many women that are pregnant. It can cause swelling, soreness and bleeding gums. Maintaining your oral hygiene habits at home and continuing with your regular hygiene visits will minimize the severity of these symptoms. This can lead to receding gums and bone loss if not managed adequately.
2. Acid wear.
Excessive vomiting from morning sickness can erode away the enamel on your teeth. The acid begins to erode your tooth enamel, increasing your risk of tooth decay, temperature sensitivity, and chipping.
Whether there is enamel erosion or root exposure due to gum recession, your risk for developing tooth decay is increased. Your risk for cavities also increases based on the type of foods that you are eating and the frequency of snacking.
Some ways to minimize your chances of having some of these dental issues during your pregnancy are:
- Rinsing your mouth with water frequently if you have morning sickness.
- Eating a healthy well-balanced diet, limiting your sugar intake.
- Having more frequent hygiene visits to control any tartar build up.
Some expectant mothers assume that they need to postpone cleanings until after their pregnancy, but this is not the case. You should always continue with your regular scheduled dental visits; however, when you come in for your dental appointments, let us know you are pregnant! We can then tailor our treatment plans for you and provide recommendations that will minimize any potential risk factors.